WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Carroll County in New Hampshire as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by heavy rains, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Oct. 29, 2017, through Oct. 30, 2017.

USDA Designates Carroll County in New Hampshire as a Primary Natural Disaster Area with Assistance to Producers in Maine

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Carroll County in New Hampshire as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by heavy rains, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Oct. 29, 2017, through Oct. 30, 2017.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous Belknap, Coos, Grafton and Strafford counties in New Hampshire also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous Oxford and York counties in Maine also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of Jan. 25, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include: Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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