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USDA declares nine counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by flooding that occurred April 15-July 1, 2011.

The counties are Adams, Claiborne, DeSoto, Humphreys, Jefferson, Quitman, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Amite; Holmes; Sharkey; Attala; Leflore; Sunflower; Coahoma; Lincoln; Tallahatchie; Copiah; Madison; Tate; Franklin; Marshall; Tunica; Hinds; Panola; Washington; and, Issaquena.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Aug. 8, 2011, 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.

USDA also has made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and, the Noninsured Crop Disaster 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 disaster.fsa.usda.gov.


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