Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated five South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Clarendon, Marion, Spartanburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties who suffered losses caused by excessive moisture and Tropical Storm Bertha that occurred May 18 through June 1, 2020, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.
This natural disaster designation 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.
Producers in the contiguous counties listed below are also eligible to apply for emergency loans:
- South Carolina: Berkeley, Calhoun, Cherokee, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Horry, Kershaw, Laurens, Lee, Orangeburg, Richland and Union
- North Carolina: Polk and Rutherford
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 21, 2021.
FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.