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USDA Designates 12 Counties as Natural Disaster Areas
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frosts and freezes that occurred April 1 – June 19, 2013.


Source: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency

Contact: Tanya Brown, tanya.brown@wdc.usda.gov

USDA Designates 12 Counties in Michigan as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Ohio


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 12 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by frosts and freezes that occurred April 1 – June 19, 2013.

Those counties are:

Antrim Huron Livingston
Manistee Chippewa Ionia
Luce Monroe Grand Traverse
Leelanau Mackinac Van Buren
 
“Our hearts go out to those Michigan farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Michigan producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”
 
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Michigan also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
 
Alger Crawford Kent
St. Joseph Allegan Eaton
Lake Sanilac Barry
Genesee Lenawee Schoolcraft
Benzie Gratiot Mason
Shiawassee Berrien Ingham
Missaukee Tuscola Cass
Jackson Montcalm Washtenaw
Charlevoix Kalamazoo Oakland
Wayne Clinton Kalkaska
Otsego Wexford
 
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Ohio also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
 
Ohio
Lucas County
 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Sept. 11, 2013, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (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. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
 
Secretary Vilsack also reminds producers that Congress has not funded the five disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. These are SURE; the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). Production losses due to disasters occurring after Sept. 30, 2011, are not eligible for disaster program coverage.
 
FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.