DES MOINES, Iowa, July 5, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for 15 counties in Iowa. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, hail, high winds, lightning and tornadoes that occurred from May 15 through May 17, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for 15 Iowa Counties with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

DES MOINES, Iowa, July 5, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for 15 counties in Iowa. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, hail, high winds, lightning and tornados that occurred from May 15 through May 17, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Clayton, Dickinson, Grundy, Harrison, Humboldt, Jackson, Mahaska, Marshall, Washington, Webster and Winneshiek counties as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, 48 Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Allamakee, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Calhoun, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Delaware, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Linn, Louisa, Marion, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Sac, Shelby, Story, Tama, Wapello and Wright counties.

The following contiguous counties in surrounding states are also eligible for emergency loans:

Illinois: Carroll and Jo Daviess counties
Minnesota: Fillmore, Houston and Jackson counties
Nebraska: Burt and Washington counties
Wisconsin: Crawford and Grant counties

FSA’s low interest emergency loans may be made available to any applicant with a qualifying loss in the counties named above. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.

Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers and ranchers to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agriculture operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

Producers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans for physical losses.

Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at http://offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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