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

BOZEMAN, Montana, May 31, 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 who incurred losses caused by four separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2020.

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 31, 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 who incurred losses caused by four separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2020.

“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.”

Blizzards, Excessive Snow, Wind, Freeze, Winter Storms and Extreme Cold – Jan. 1 to March 21, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Beaverhead, Big Horn, Custer, Deer Lodge, Granite, Missoula, Powell and Prairie counties, who incurred losses due to blizzards, excessive snow, excessive wind, freeze, winter storms, high winds and extreme cold that occurred between Jan. 1 and March 21, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Carbon, Carter, Dawson, Fallon, Flathead, Garfield, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis and Clark, McCone, Madison, Mineral, Powder River, Ravalli, Rosebud, Sanders, Silver Bow, Treasure, Wibaux and Yellowstone, along with Clark, Clearwater, Fremont, Idaho, and Lemhi counties in Idaho and Big Horn and Sheridan counties in Wyoming, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Excessive Cold, Freeze and High Winds – Feb. 3 to March 6, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in McCone County, who incurred losses due to excessive cold, freeze and high winds that occurred between Feb. 3 and March 6, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Dawson, Garfield, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt and Valley are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Blizzard, Extreme Cold and Winter Storms – Feb. 5 to March 6, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Wibaux County, who incurred losses due to a blizzard, extreme cold and winter storms that occurred between Feb. 5 and March 6, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Dawson, Fallon, Prairie and Richland, along with Golden Valley and McKenzie counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Flooding – March 22 to April 1, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Big Horn and Custer counties, who incurred losses due to flooding that occurred between March 22 and April 1, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous Montana counties of Carbon, Carter, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure and Yellowstone, along with Big Horn and Sheridan counties in Wyoming, 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 farmers.gov/recover.

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