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SDA Designates 15 Counties in North Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

 


In response to a request from Brian Haugen, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in North Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 15 counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Adams

Golden Valley

Oliver

Billings

Hettinger

Slope

Bowman

McLean

Stark

Burleigh

Mercer

Ward

Divide

Morton

Williams

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in North Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Burke

Grant

McKenzie

Sheridan

Dunn

Kidder

Mountrail

Sioux

Emmons

McHenry

Renville

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Montana and South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Montana

Fallon, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Wibaux

South Dakota

Corson, Harding and Perkins

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on June 28, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, 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.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; 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 further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 

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