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Natural Disaster Areas Designated in Wisconsin
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On July 24, 2012, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 14 counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of maple syrup production by unseasonably early thaw, warm nights and excessive heat that occurred January 23 through March 31, 2012.


Source: United States Department of Agriculture

Contact: Doug Lund at 608-662-4422 x110 or doug.lund@wi.usda.gov

 

Fourteen Wisconsin Counties Designated as Natural Disaster Areas Due to Maple Syrup Production Loss


On July 24, 2012, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 14 counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to losses of maple syrup production by unseasonably early thaw, warm nights and excessive heat that occurred January 23 through March 31, 2012.

The counties announced in the Disaster Designation include:

  • Barron
  • Forest
  • Lincoln
  • Pierce
  • Door
  • Kewaunee
  • Marathon
  • Polk
  • Florence
  • Langlade
  • Marinette
  • St. Croix
  • Shawano
  • Vilas

Producers in the following counties also qualify for emergency loans because their counties are contiguous:

  • Brown
  • Dunn
  • Oconto
  • Portage
  • Burnett
  • Iron
  • Oneida
  • Price
  • Chippewa
  • Manitowoc
  • Outagamie
  • Rusk
  • Clark
  • Menominee
  • Pepin
  • Sawyer
  • Taylor
  • Washburn
  • Waupaca
  • Wood

"The counties announced in the Secretarial Disaster Designation have the opportunity to access low interest emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). These loans are available to maple syrup producers who have suffered qualifying damages or losses," said Brad Pfaff, Wisconsin FSA State Executive Director. "The deadline to file for a disaster loan is March 24, 2013."

Actual loss loans for producers losses will be based on the disaster year production compared to the previous three year production history. The actual loss loans for physical damages to property destroyed or damaged will be based upon the allowable cost associated with repairing or replacing the property destroyed or damaged. In addition, the damaged or destroyed property must be essential to the continuation of the operation. Interest rates for actual loss loans that do not exceed $500,000 will be 2.25 percent.

Producers who feel they have sustained a qualifying loss and are interested in more information may contact their local county FSA office.