Marysville Appeal-Democrat

Financial drought relief available to family farms, small businesses in Colusa County

- Appeal Staff Report

Financial drought relief is now available to farmers and ranchers conducting family-sized farming operations, as well as small, nonfarming businesses, agricultur­al cooperativ­es and most private nonprofit organizati­ons conducting business with growers as a result of the U.S. Department of Agricultur­e (USDA) disaster designatio­n due to drought severity, which was approved in April.

“The drought situation in our county and state is dire, and we continue to work with our state and federal representa­tives and partners on both immediate and long-term solutions,” said Merced Corona, chair of the Colusa County Board of Supervisor­s.

“We encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this relief while we continue to advocate for a more sustainabl­e approach and response to the ongoing drought crisis.”

According to a release issued by Colusa County

officials, the USDA is offering emergency farm loans of up to $500,000 for both physical and crop production losses as a direct result of the drought disaster.

More informatio­n about the USDA Emergency Farm Loans can be obtained by contacting the Colusa County

Farm Service Agency at 530-458-5131 or by visiting https://tinyurl. com/49cr5ywu.

The U.S. Small Business Administra­tion (SBA) is also offering economic injury disaster loans for small, non-farm businesses, small agricultur­al cooperativ­es and most private

nonprofit organizati­ons of any size. Small businesses include those that conduct business directly with growers, according to the release.

For more informatio­n about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans, call 800-659-2955 or visit

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