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USDA Designates 10 WI Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
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USDA Designates 10 Counties in Wisconsin as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Minnesota.


Source: United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency

USDA Designates 10 Counties in Wisconsin as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Minnesota


In response to a request from Russ Raeder, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Brown, Calumet, Kewaunee, La Crosse, Manitowoc, Monroe, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties in Wisconsin as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by winterkill including freeze that occurred from Jan. 1, 2017, through May 26, 2017.

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


  • Dodge
  • Door
  • Fon du Lac
  • Jackson
  • Juneau
  • Milwaukee
  • Oconto
  • Shawano
  • Trempealeau
  • Vernon
  • Waukesha
  • Waupaca
  • Winnebago

Farmers and ranchers in Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on June 28, 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.