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Federal Emergency Management Agency Designates Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset and, Waldo Counties in Maine as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

This Presidential disaster declaration allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation, or to refinance certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.

Impacted Area: Maine

Triggering Disaster: Severe Storm and Flooding that occurred from April 30 to May 1, 2023

Application Deadline: 03-06-2024

Primary Counties Eligible: Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo

Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:

Maine: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Cumberland, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and York

New Hampshire: Carroll and Coos

More Resources:

On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery ToolDisaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Loan Assistance Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local  USDA Service Center.

FEMA offers different assistance programs for individual citizens, public groups including government agencies and private nonprofit organizations.  To find the FEMA help you need following a disaster event, visit fema.gov/assistance.

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