WASHINGTON, Sep. 9, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in New York, in three separate disaster designations, as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disasters.

USDA Designates 34 Counties in New York as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

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

Release 0132.15

WASHINGTON, Sep. 9, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in New York, in three separate disaster designations, as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple disasters.

“Our hearts go out to those New York farmers 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 and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling New York producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Designation Number 1: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the following 19 counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain, high winds, hail, lightning and a tornado that occurred from May 1, 2015, through July 14, 2015. Those counties are:

Broome Essex Onondaga Seneca
Cayuga Franklin Ontario Ulster
Chautauqua Jefferson Orleans Wayne
Clinton Lewis Oswego Wyoming
Cortland Monroe Schuyler

Farmers in the following counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Allegany Delaware Hamilton Oneida Tioga
Cattaraugus Dutchess Herkimer Orange Tompkins
Chemung Erie Livingston St. Lawrence Warren
Chenango Genesee Madison Steuben Washington
Columbia Greene Niagara Sullivan Yates

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

Pennsylvania
Erie, Susquehanna, Warren and Wayne

Vermont
Addison, Chittenden and Grand Isle

Designation Number 2: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the following 12 counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frost, freeze and excessive snow that occurred from Jan. 1, 2015, through May 24, 2015. Those counties are:

Cattaraugus Greene Oswego
Cayuga Jefferson Putnam
Columbia Lewis Ulster
Dutchess Onondaga Westchester

Farmers in the following counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Albany Herkimer St. Lawrence
Allegany Madison Schoharie
Bronx Nassau Seneca
Chautauqua Oneida Sullivan
Cortland Orange Tompkins
Delaware Rensselaer Wayne
Erie Rockland Wyoming

Farmers in the following counties in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Vermont also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Connecticut
Fairfield and Litchfield

Massachusetts
Berkshire

New Jersey
Bergen

Vermont
McKean and Warren

Designation Number 3: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated the following Rensselaer, Saratoga and Washington counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that occurred from June 1, 2015, and continues.

Farmers in the following counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Albany Fulton Montgomery
Columbia Greene Schenectady
Essex Hamilton Warren

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

Massachusetts
Berkshire

Vermont
Addison, Bennington and Rutland

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 9, 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 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.

Additional programs available to assist farmers 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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