WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 19 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 19 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:
Adams
Jasper
Marion
Pike
Amite
Jefferson
Montgomery
Walthall
Bolivar
Jefferson Davis
Neshoba
Wilkinson
Choctaw
Jones
Newton
Winston
Covington
Lamar
Pearl River
"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:
Attala
Hancock
Perry
Carroll
Harrison
Scott
Claiborne
Kemper
Simpson
Clarke
Lauderdale
Smith
Coahoma
Lawrence
Stone
Copiah
Leake
Sunflower
Forrest
Lincoln
Washington
Franklin
Noxubee
Wayne
Grenada
Oktibbeha
Webster
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties and parishes in Arkansas and Louisiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Arkansas
Chicot, Desha and Phillips
Louisiana
Concordia
St. Helena
Tangipahoa
Washington
East Feliciana
St. Tammany
Tensas
West Feliciana
All parishes and counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 21, 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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