Posted 11 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
(Chadron, NE) 5-20-2013 – Farm Service Agency (FSA), Kimberly Buchheit, Farm Loan Office, announced that 3 Nebraska counties were designated as contiguous natural disaster areas due to winter storm conditions affecting parts of South Dakota. Those counties are Cherry, Dawes and Sheridan.
These counties were designated a Presidential Major Disaster on May 10, 2013, based on an April 8-10, 2013 snow storm. This designation authorizes Emergency (EM) Loans for eligible producers. Buchheit stated, “Producers in these counties are encouraged to contact their local FSA Service Center for detailed information about available programs and updated disaster designations.”
Emergency Loan applications are available for qualifying physical or production losses caused by these disaster conditions. Physical losses include structures, equipment and livestock while production losses include crops. These loans do require security and the ability to repay the loan. The deadline for submitting applications is January 10, 2014. For additional details contact the Dawes/Northern Sioux FSA office at 308-432-4616.
In addition to the Emergency (EM) Loan Program, the FSA has other loan programs and disaster assistance programs which can be considered in assisting farmers to recover from their losses. Contact your local FSA Service Center or access additional information about Farm Loan and FSA Disaster Assistance programs at www.fsa.usda.gov.
While this release pertains to the availability of FSA programs, other federal agencies such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and SBA (Small Business Administration) may also have assistance to the public. Information is available from these two agencies at the following websites: www.fema.gov and www.sba.gov.
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