WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Nevada counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to two separate drought designations may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

USDA Designates Three Nevada Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated three Nevada counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to two separate drought designations may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

Dought – Humboldt and Washoe Counties

For the drought beginning Aug. 28, 2018, the Secretary has designated Humboldt and Washoe counties in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers in the contiguous Nevada areas of Churchill, Elko, Lander, Lyon, Pershing and Storey counties and Carson City, along with Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties in California, Owyhee County in Idaho, and Harney, Lake and Malheur counties in Oregon, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Drought Designation – Elko County

The Secretary has also designated Elko County, Nevada, as a primary natural disaster area due to the drought beginning on Sept. 4, 2018.

Producers in the contiguous Nevada counties of Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine, along with Cassia, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties in Idaho, and Box Elder and Tooele counties in Utah, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is July 8, 2019.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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