Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six North Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Eddy, Foster, Nelson, Renville, Ward and Wells counties who suffered losses due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
This designation by Secretary Perdue allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinance certain debts.
Drought Designation #1
For the recent drought, the Secretary has designated Renville and Ward counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas.
Producers in the contiguous counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, and Mountrail in North Dakota, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is May 28, 2019.
Drought Designation #2
For the recent drought, the Secretary has designated Eddy, Foster, Nelson, and Wells counties in North Dakota as primary natural disaster areas.
Producers in the contiguous counties of Benson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, Pierce, Ramsey, Sheridan, Steele, Stutsman and Walsh in North Dakota are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 4, 2019.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of addition programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that 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.
Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs.