HURON, SD, MAY 03, 2019 — South Dakota agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in 55 South Dakota counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by two separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Dec. 24, 2019.

USDA Offers Low-Interest Loans for Agricultural Producers in South Dakota Impacted by Natural Disasters

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

HURON, SD, MAY 03, 2019 — South Dakota agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers these low-interest loans to agricultural producers in 55 South Dakota counties, the primary damaged area, who incurred losses caused by two separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Dec. 24, 2019.

“South Dakota’s hardworking ag producers feed our neighbors, the nation and the world,” said State Executive Director Paul Shubeck. “When they suffer losses because of extreme weather, helping them get back on their feet is important. We encourage those affected to reach out to their local USDA Service Center to apply for these emergency loans.”

Blizzard – March 13-15, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Aurora, Beadle, Bennett, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Codington, Custer, Davison, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Faulk, Gregory, Haakon, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lake, Lyman, McCook, McPherson, Meade, Mellette, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, Potter, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Todd, Tripp, Walworth and Ziebach counties in South Dakota, who incurred losses due to a blizzard that occurred March 13 through March 15, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous South Dakota counties of Bon Homme, Butte, Corson, Day, Edmunds, Fall River, Grant, Hamlin, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lawrence, Marshall, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Perkins, Sanborn and Turner, along with Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Pipestone and Yellow Medicine counties in Minnesota; Boyd, Cherry, Dawes, Keya Paha and Sheridan counties in Nebraska; Dickey, Emmons, McIntosh and Sargent counties in North Dakota; and Niobrara and Weston counties in Wyoming, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Flooding – March 13-15, 2019

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brule, Buffalo, Clay, Gregory, Jackson, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Potter, Turner, Union and Yankton counties in South Dakota, who incurred losses due to flooding that occurred March 13 through March 15, 2019.

Producers in the contiguous South Dakota counties of Aurora, Bennett, Charles Mix, Clark, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Haakon, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lyman, Mellette, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Todd, Tripp and Walworth, along with Lyon, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties in Iowa; Lincoln and Pipestone counties in Minnesota; and Boyd, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Keya Paha and Knox counties in Nebraska are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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