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. ◊●◊