MADISON, Wis., November 13, 2018 — Minnesota 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 four Minnesota counties, the primary damage area, who incurred losses caused by three separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due June 24, 2019.

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

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

MADISON, Wis., November 13, 2018 — Minnesota 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 four Minnesota counties, the primary damage area, who incurred losses caused by three separate disaster events. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due June 24, 2019.
 
“Minnesota’s hardworking ag producers feed our neighbors, the nation and the world,” said State Executive Director Joe Martin. “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.”

High Winds, Heavy Rains, Hail & Tornado:

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Clearwater County, Minnesota, who incurred losses due to high winds, heavy rains, hail and a tornado that occurred Aug. 26 through Aug. 27, 2018.
 
Producers in the contiguous counties of Becker, Beltrami, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Pennington and Polk in Minnesota are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

 High Winds and Tornado:

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Polk County, Minnesota, who incurred losses due to high winds and a tornado that occurred Aug. 26 through Aug. 27, 2018.
 
Producers in the contiguous counties of Clearwater, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington and Red Lake in Minnesota, along with Grand Forks and Traill counties in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

 Tornado:

Physical loss loans are available to eligible agricultural producers in Goodhue and Rice counties in Minnesota, who incurred losses due to a tornado that occurred on Sept. 20, 2018.
 
Producers in the contiguous counties of Dakota, Dodge, Le Sueur, Olmstead, Scott, Steele, Wabasha and Waseca in Minnesota, along with Pepin and Pierce counties in Wisconsin, 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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