WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 — On September 23, 2015, in release number 0139.15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 37 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, flash flooding and prolonged flooding that occurred from April 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015.

USDA Issues a Correction for 37 Counties in Mississippi Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Contact:
Rachelle T Broussard
(337) 367-1538

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2015 — On September 23, 2015, in release number 0139.15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 37 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall, flash flooding and prolonged flooding that occurred from April 1, 2015, through July 6, 2015.

It has been determined that Issaquena, Marshall and Sharkey counties did not sustain qualifying production losses, and should not have been designated as primary natural disaster areas. Therefore, the original primary county designation is modified to include only 34 Mississippi counties. Those counties are:

Adams

Clay

Lowndes

Quitman

Alcorn

Coahoma

Monroe

Sunflower

Attala

George

Montgomery

Tishomingo

Bolivar

Holmes

Noxubee

Union

Calhoun

Itawamba

Oktibbeha

Walthall

Carroll

Jackson

Panola

Warren

Chickasaw

Jefferson

Pontotoc

Webster

Choctaw

Lee

Prentiss

Wilkinson

Claiborne

Leflore


Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Amite

Harrison

Lawrence

Neshoba

Tippah

Benton

Hinds

Leake

Perry

Tunica

Copiah

Humphreys

Lincoln

Pike

Washington

Franklin

Issaquena

Madison

Stone

Winston

Greene

Kemper

Marion

Tallahatchie

Yalobusha

Grenada

Lafayette

Marshall

Tate

Yazoo


The following counties and parishes in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Alabama

Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Mobile, Pickens and Sumter

Arkansas

Chicot, Desha and Phillips

Louisiana

Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana

Tennessee

Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, McNairy and Shelby

All counties and parishes listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 23, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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