WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Richard Carnegie, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Mississippi, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 69 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 69 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

Latawnya Dia
202-720-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Richard Carnegie, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Mississippi, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 69 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: 

Adams
Alcorn
Attala
Benton
Bolivar
Calhoun
Carroll
Chickasaw
Choctaw
Claiborne
Clarke
Clay
Coahoma
Copiah
Covington
Forrest
George
Greene
Grenada
Harrison
Hinds
Holmes
Humphreys
Issaquena
Itawamba
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Jones
Kemper
Lafayette
Lamar
Lauderdale
Leake
Lee
Leflore
Lowndes
Madison
Marshall
Monroe
Montgomery
Neshoba
Newton
Noxubee
Oktibbeha
Panola 
 Perry
Pontotoc
Prentiss
Quitman
Rankin
Scott
Sharkey
Simpson
Smith
Stone
Sunflower
Tallahatchie
Tate
Tippah
Tishomingo
Union
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Winston
Yalobusha
Yazoo

Farmers and ranchers in DeSoto, Franklin, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pearl River, Tunica and Wilkinson counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. 

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

Alabama
Choctaw, Colbert, Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Mobile, Pickens, Sumter and Washington 

Arkansas
Chicot, Desha and Phillips 

Louisiana
Concordia, East Carroll, Madison and Tensas 

Tennessee
Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, McNairy and Shelby 

All counties and parishes listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 23, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, 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. 

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; 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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