Drought Aid

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Farm­ers and ranch­ers in the con­tigu­ous coun­ties of Ca­tron, Hi­dalgo, Luna and Sierra in New Mex­ico also qual­ify for nat­u­ral dis­as­ter as­sis­tance due to drought, along with farm­ers and ranch­ers in the con­tigu­ous county of Green­lee in Ari­zona.

Qual­i­fied farm op­er­a­tors in the des­ig­nated ar­eas el­i­gi­ble for the Farm Ser­vice Agency’s (FSA’s) emer­gency loans, pro­vided el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments are met. Farm­ers in el­i­gi­ble coun­ties have eight months from the date of the dec­la­ra­tion of March 29, 2018, 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 the im­pacts of this dis­as­ter.

There are other FSA pro­grams that can pro­vide as­sis­tance, but do not re­quire a dis­as­ter dec­la­ra­tion. In­ter­ested farm­ers or ranch­ers may con­tact their lo­cal USDA ser­vice cen­ters for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures for any pro­grams. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able at dis­as­ter.fsa.usda.gov. ◊●◊

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