Montana FSA: USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in Montana Impacted by Natural Disasters

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available

BOZEMAN, Montana, May 10, 2019 — Montana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in five Montana counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by three separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Dec. 9, 2019.

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Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/Border States Also Available

BOZEMAN, Montana, May 10, 2019 — Montana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in five Montana counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by three separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Dec. 9, 2019.

“Montana’s hardworking ag producers feed our neighbors, the nation and the world,” said State Executive Director Mike Foster. “When they suffer losses because of extreme weather, helping them get back on their feet is important. We encourage those affected to reach out to their local USDA Service Center to apply for these emergency loans. 

Extreme Cold, Winter Storms and Blizzards – Feb. 3-March 7, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Broadwater County, Montana, who incurred losses due to extreme cold, winter storms and blizzards that occurred Feb. 3 through March 7, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark and Meagher, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Blizzard, Excessive Snow, Freeze and Extreme Cold – Feb. 4-March 11, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Gallatin and Park counties in Montana, who incurred losses due to blizzard, excessive snow, freeze and extreme cold that occurred Feb. 4 through March 11, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Broadwater, Carbon, Jefferson, Madison, Meagher, Stillwater and Sweet Grass, along with Fremont County in Idaho, and Park and Teton counties in Wyoming, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Snow, Extreme Cold, High Winds and Blizzards – Feb. 24-March 14, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Lewis and Clark and Ravalli counties in Montana, who incurred losses due to excessive snow, extreme cold, high winds and blizzards that occurred Feb. 24 through March 14, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Granite, Jefferson, Meagher, Missoula, Powell and Teton, along with Idaho and Lemhi counties in Idaho, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural 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.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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