Seven Iowa counties eligible for USDA disaster help

Seven Iowa counties eligible for USDA disaster help

Seven Iowa counties eligible for USDA disaster help Farmers can get assistance to recover from excessive rain and flooding damage this summer.

USDA on Aug. 12 designated 87 counties in Illinois as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period beginning June 1, 2015 and continuing. Contiguous counties are also eligible for USDA assistance. For Iowa, the counties are Clinton, Des Moines, Jackson, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott.

Contiguous counties are those that border the declared natural disaster counties. In addition to the seven counties in Iowa, a number of contiguous counties in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri are also eligible for USDA assistance.

TOO MUCH RAIN: Seven counties in Iowa are eligible for USDA assistance. USDA last week named 87 counties in Illinois as primary disaster areas, with assistance also available to eligible farmers in some counties in surrounding states.

Farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency, 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.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers 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 information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Information is also online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Farmers in the following counties in Illinois also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.  Those counties are:

Boone

Cook

McHenry

Shelby

Bureau

Edgar

Moultrie

Stephenson

Christian

Jo Daviess

Ogle

Winnebago

Coles

Kendall

Farmers in the following counties in Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.  Those counties are:

Indiana

Benton

Knox

Newton

Sullivan

Vigo

Gibson

Lake

Posey

Vermillion

Warren

Iowa

Clinton

Jackson

Louisa

Scott

Des Moines

Lee

Muscatine

Kentucky
Ballard, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken and Union

Missouri

Cape Girardeau

Marion

Saint Charles

Clark

Mississippi

Sainte Genevieve

Jefferson

Perry

Saint. Louis

Lewis

Pike

Saint. Louis City

Lincoln

Ralls

Scott

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