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USDA Designates 3 MI Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
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In response to a request from Troy Nichols, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Michigan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Ionia, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by frost and freeze that occurred from May 7 through May 9, 2017.


Source: United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency

Contact: Latawnya Dia, 202-720-7962

USDA Designates Three Counties in Michigan as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Indiana


In response to a request from Troy Nichols, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in Michigan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Ionia, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by frost and freeze that occurred from May 7 through May 9, 2017.

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


Allegan
Barry
Branch
Calhoun
Cass
Clinton
Eaton
Gratiot
Kent
Montcalm
Van Buren

Farmers and ranchers in Elkhart and LaGrange counties in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 1, 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.