Arkansas: 23 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas from Floods

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In response to a request from Clayton Parr, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 23 counties in Arkansas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, hail, high winds and lightning that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continues. Those counties are:

Boone Jackson Poinsett
Carroll Lawrence Prairie
Clay Lonoke Pulaski
Conway Madison Randolph
Craighead Mississippi St. Francis
Faulkner Monroe White
Greene Newton Woodruff
Independence Perry

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

Arkansas Grant Saline
Benton Izard Searcy
Cleburne Jefferson Sharp
Crawford Johnson Stone
Crittenden Lee Van Buren
Cross Marion Washington
Franklin Phillips Yell
Garland Pope

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Missouri and Tennessee also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Missouri

Barry Dunklin Pemiscot Stone
Butler Oregon Ripley Taney

Tennessee
Dyer, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on May 24, 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.


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