WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 29 counties in South Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Oct. 1, 2015, and continues.

USDA Designates 29 Counties in South Carolina as Primary Natural Disaster Area

Latawnya Dia
(202) 720-7962
Latawnya.Dia@wdc.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 29 counties in South Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Oct. 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

Our hearts go out to those South Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nations economy by sustaining the successes of Americas farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. Were also telling South Carolina producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.

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

AikenColletonGeorgetownMarion
AllendaleDarlingtonHorryNewberry
BambergDillonKershawOrangeburg
BarnwellDorchesterLancasterRichland
BerkeleyEdgefieldLaurensSaluda
CalhounFairfieldLeeSumter
ChesterFlorenceLexingtonWilliamsburg
Clarendon   

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

AbbevilleChesterfieldHamptonSpartanburg
AndersonGreenvilleMcCormickUnion
BeaufortGreenwoodMarlboroYork
Charleston   

Georgia
Burke, Columbia, Richmond and Screven

North Carolina
Brunswick, Columbus, Mecklenburg, Robeson and Union

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 28, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), 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 the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the 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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