(DES MOINES) Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R. Whitaker, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 60 Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation.
Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by combined effects of severe storms, excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds, lightning, tornadoes, landslides, mudslides, excessive heat and drought beginning April 1, 2011 and continuing may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans. Other programs may also be made available to assist farmers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program due to this designation.
Fremont, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, and Taylor counties are part of twenty-seven primary disaster areas with a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. Adams, Cass, Crawford, Dallas, Harrison, Madison, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, and Union counties are part of 33 counties that are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation.
Interested farmers may contact their local County FSA office for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Information can also be found online at www.fsa.usda.gov.