U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA designated California’s Madera County as a primary natural disaster area April 24 due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the following California counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the counties are contiguous: Fresno, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, and Tuolumne.
The counties were designated natural disaster areas making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration 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 adversity.
Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov .
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