USDA Designates 10 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 10 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Attala

Claiborne

Holmes

Leflore

Sunflower

Carroll

Copiah

Lawrence

Lincoln

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"Our hearts go out to those Mississippi farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Mississippi producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

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

Amite

Grenada

Jefferson Davis

Neshoba

Tallahatchie

Bolivar

Hinds

Leake

Pike

Walthall

Choctaw

Humphreys

Madison

Rankin

Warren

Coahoma

Issaquena

Marion

Sharkey

Winston

Franklin

Jefferson

Montgomery

Simpson

Yazoo

Farmers and ranchers in Chicot County in Arkansas and Tensas Parish in Louisiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county and parish are contiguous.

All counties and parishes listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 14, 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 parishes 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.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, 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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