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USDA Designates 15 Counties in South Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas | KRVN Radio

USDA Designates 15 Counties in South Dakota as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

In response to a request from Jamie White, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in South Dakota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 15 counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by multiple disaster conditions.

Designation Number 1: USDA has designated 12 counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are:

Brown Hand Pennington
Brule Jerauld Stanley
Buffalo Lyman Tripp
Haakon Meade Ziebach

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Aurora Custer Gregory Lawrence Perkins
Beadle Day Hughes McPherson Sanborn
Butte Dewey Hyde Marshall Spink
Charles Mix Edmunds Jackson Mellette Sully
Corson Faulk Jones Oglala Lakota Todd

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:

Nebraska
Cherry and Keya Paha

North Dakota
Dickey and Sargent

Wyoming
Weston

Designation Number 2: USDA has designated Beadle, Hughes and Jones counties in South Dakota as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by ongoing drought that occurred from May 1, 2017, and continues.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in South Dakota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Clark Jerauld Sanborn
Haakon Kingsbury Spink
Hand Lyman Stanley
Hyde Mellette Sully
Jackson

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 3, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, 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.

Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 

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