The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cerro Gordo and Floyd counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rainfall that occurred April 1 – Aug. 5, 2013.
Farmers and ranchers in the Winnebago, Franklin, Worth, Wright, and Mitchell counties in Iowa also qualify for natural disaster assistance because the counties are contiguous.
The counties were designated natural disaster areas Nov. 27, 2013, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency or 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 programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster 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.
If you are interested in finding out how or where to apply for disaster aid, click on this web address: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.