USDA designates SD counties as primary natural disaster areas
Producers may be eligible for emergency loans due to wet conditions and flooding since May 2019.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated three South Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas.
Producers in Butte, Harding, and Perkins counties who suffered losses due to excessive moisture and flooding that has occurred since May 1, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans .
This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.
Producers in the contiguous South Dakota counties of Corson, Lawrence, Meade and Ziebach, along with Carter and Fallon counties in Montana; Adams and Bowman counties in North Dakota; and Crook County, Wyoming, also are eligible to apply for emergency loans.
The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Jan. 19, 2021. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for emergency loans and other programs for which they may be eligible. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover .