USDA Designates Seven Counties in New York as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continuing. Those counties are:

Franklin

Orleans

Schoharie

Niagara

Otsego

Seneca

Ontario

 

 

 

USDA Designates Seven Counties in New York as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

USDA Farm Service Agency
New York State
441 S. Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact:
Wayne Maloney
202-720-6107
Wayne.Maloney@wdc.usda.gov

 

USDA Designates Seven Counties in New York as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continuing. Those counties are:

Franklin

Orleans

Schoharie

Niagara

Otsego

Seneca

Ontario

 

 

 

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Albany

Greene

St. Lawrence

Cayuga

Hamilton

Schenectady

Chenango

Herkimer

Schuyler

Clinton

Livingston

Steuben

Delaware

Madison

Tompkins

Erie

Monroe

Wayne

Essex

Montgomery

Yates

Genesee

Oneida

 

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Dec. 13, 2017, making all 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 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 adversity.

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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