ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 21, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for three counties in Minnesota, due to three separate disaster events. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by hail, high winds and a tornado that occurred from June 11 through July 19, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

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

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 21, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for three counties in Minnesota, due to three separate disaster events. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by hail, high winds and a tornado that occurred from June 11 through July 19, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

For the June 11 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Kandiyohi County as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, six Minnesota counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Chippewa, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stearns and Swift.

For the June 22 and July 19 disaster events, two separate Administrator’s Physical Loss Notifications have been issued for Lincoln and Lyon counties as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, four Minnesota counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Murray, Pipestone, Redwood and Yellow Medicine.

Three South Dakota counties, Brookings, Deuel and Moody, are also eligible for emergency loans because they are contiguous.

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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