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    California: 14 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Freeze

    A wall of ice forms on almond branches during. Photo by Bryson Slacks, Heritage Nut Farms, Inc., Modesto, California

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans.

    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. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

    Impacted Area: California

    Triggering Disaster #1: Freeze that occurred during February 21 through February 28, 2022

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

    Primary Counties Eligible: Butte, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba

    Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: California:

    Alameda Glenn Nevada   Santa Clara
    Amador Lake Placer Shasta
    Calaveras Mariposa Plumas Sierra
    Colusa Mendocino Sacramento Trinity
    Contra Costa Mono San Benito Tuolumne
    Fresno Napa

    Impacted Area: California

    Triggering Disaster #2: Freeze that occurred on February 24, 2022

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

    Primary Counties Eligible: Colusa and Glenn

    Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: California: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Sutter, Tehama and Yolo

    Impacted Area: California

    Triggering Disaster #3: Freeze that occurred during April 11 through April 13, 2022

    Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

    Primary Counties Eligible: Amador, Calaveras and El Dorado

    Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: California: Alpine, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne

    Nevada: Douglas

    More Resources

    On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery ToolDisaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local  USDA Service Center.




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