WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by frost and freezing temperatures that occurred from May 13, 2016, through May 18, 2016.

USDA Designates 10 Counties in Wisconsin as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Minnesota

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 10 counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by frost and freezing temperatures that occurred from May 13, 2016, through May 18, 2016. Those counties are:

ChippewaJacksonPolkTrempealeau
ColumbiaJeffersonSt. Croix 
Eau ClairePierceSauk 

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

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

AdamsDodgeMarquetteTaylor
BarronDunnMonroeVernon
BuffaloGreen LakePepinWalworth
BurnettIowaRichlandWaukesha
ClarkJuneauRockWood
DaneLa CrosseRusk 

Farmers and ranchers in Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Washington and Winona counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Nov. 30, 2016, 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.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include 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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