WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated ten South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to two separate disaster designations may be may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

USDA Designates Ten South Carolina Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

For Immediate Release
November 29, 2018
Contact:  Dana Rogge
(573) 876-0934
dana.rogge@usda.gov

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

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated ten South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to two separate disaster designations may be may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

These designations 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.

Hurricane Florence
For losses caused by Hurricane Florence that occurred Sept. 13 through Sept. 17, 2018, the Secretary has designated Clarendon County, South Carolina, as a primary natural disaster area.

Producers in the contiguous South Carolina counties of Berkeley, Calhoun, Florence, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Hurricane Michael
For losses caused by Hurricane Michael that occurred Oct. 10 through Oct. 11, 2018, the Secretary has designated Aiken, Bamberg, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Lee, Orangeburg and Richland counties in South Carolina as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers in the contiguous South Carolina counties of Allendale, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Clarendon, Darlington, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Saluda and Sumter, along with Burke and Richmond counties in Georgia, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is July 23, 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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