MADISON, Wis., Aug. 02, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for three counties in Wisconsin, in two separate disaster events. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, hail and high winds on June 11, 2017, or by a tornado that occurred June 28, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

Low Interest Emergency Physical Loss Loans Available for Three Wisconsin Counties with Assistance to Producers in Minnesota

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 02, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for three counties in Wisconsin, in two separate disaster events. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, hail and high winds on June 11, 2017, or by a tornado that occurred June 28, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

For the June 11 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Barron and Polk counties as the primary damaged area. Additionally, seven Wisconsin counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Rusk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn.

Producers in Chisago and Washington counties in Minnesota are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.

For the June 28 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Pierce County as the primary damaged area. Additionally, three Wisconsin counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Dunn, Pepin and St. Croix.

Producers in Dakota, Goodhue and Washington counties in Minnesota are also eligible because they are contiguous 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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