WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by extreme rainfall, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continues. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 34 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by extreme rainfall, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continues. Those counties are: 

 Adams George Lamar Stone
 Amite Greene Lauderdale Walthall
 Attala Hancock Lawrence Warren
 Calhoun Harrison Lincoln Wayne
 Claiborne Jackson Marion Wilkinson
 Clarke Jasper Pearl River Winston
 Covington Jefferson Perry Yazoo
 Forrest Jefferson Davis Pike 
 Franklin Jones Smith 

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

Carroll Humphreys  Montgomery Rankin
Chickasaw Issaquena Neshoba Scott
Choctaw Kemper Newton Sharkey
Copiah  Lafayette Noxubee Simpson
Grenada Leake Oktibbeha Webster
Hinds Madison Pontotoc Yalobusha
Holmes   

Farmers and ranchers in Choctaw, Mobile, Sumter and Washington counties in Alabama also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. 

Farmers and ranchers in Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Washington and West Feliciana counties in Louisiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. 

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 29, 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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