Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 16 Kentucky counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in who suffered losses caused by two separate disaster events 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 the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Excessive Rain, Flooding and Flash Flooding – April 1 – Nov. 8, 2018
For losses caused by excessive rain, excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that occurred between April 1 through Nov. 8, 2018, the Secretary has designated Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Fayette, Fleming, Greenup, Jessamine, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan and Scott counties in Kentucky as primary natural disaster areas.
Producers in the contiguous Kentucky counties of Bath, Bourbon, Casey, Clark, Elliott, Franklin, Garrard, Grant, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson, Laurel, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Martin, Menifee, Mercer, Morgan, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Russell, Wayne and Woodford, along with Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio and Wayne County in West Virginia, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans under this designation is July 29, 2019.
Excessive Rain – Sept. 23 – Nov. 13, 2018
For losses caused by excessive rain that occurred from Sept. 23 through Nov. 13, 2018, the Secretary has designated Harrison County, Kentucky, as a primary natural disaster area.
Producers in the contiguous Kentucky counties of Bourbon, Bracken, Grant, Nicholas, Pendleton, Robertson and Scott, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans under this designation is July 30, 2019.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; 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.