WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 61 counties in Arkansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

USDA Designates 61 Counties in Arkansas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 61 counties in Arkansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: 

Arkansas

Faulkner

Lincoln

Prairie

Ashley

Franklin

Little River

Pulaski

Baxter

Fulton

Logan

Randolph

Boone

Garland

Lonoke

Saline

Bradley

Grant

Madison

Scott

Calhoun

Greene

Marion

Searcy

Carroll

Hempstead

Miller

Sebastian

Clark

Hot Spring

Montgomery

Sevier

Clay

Howard

Nevada

Sharp

Cleburne

Independence

Newton

Stone

Cleveland

Izard

Ouachita

Union

Columbia

Jefferson

Perry

Van Buren

Conway

Johnson

Pike

Washington

Crawford

Lafayette

Polk

White

Dallas

Lawrence

Pope

Yell

Drew

 

 

 

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Arkansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are Benton, Chicot, Craighead, Desha, Jackson, Monroe, Phillips and Woodruff. 

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous parishes and counties in Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those parishes and counties are: 

Louisiana
Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Morehouse, Union and Webster 

Missouri
Barry, Butler, Dunklin, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Ripley, Stone and Taney 

Oklahoma
Adair, Le Flore, McCurtain and Sequoyah 

Texas
Bowie and Cass 

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency's (FSA's) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible parishes and counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of March 8, 2018, 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 the impacts of this disaster. 

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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