The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Fall River and Perkins counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.
“Our hearts go out to those South Dakota farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Farmers and ranchers in Butte, Corson, Custer, Harding, Meade, Shannon and Ziebach counties in South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Dawes and Sioux
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 15, 2016, 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.