Missouri declared disaster area
Nick Johansen - Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:59:35 CDT
(KMAland) -- Assistance is coming to livestock and crop producers in Missouri.
Farmers statewide affected by the heat and drought will now have access to low-interest loans and other assistance from the federal government. According to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack has designated all 114 counties as primary natural disaster areas, following a request by the Governor.
Governor Nixon says, “This designation can help livestock and crop farmers across the state who are suffering great losses because of the heat and lack of rain. We’re going to continue to stand with farmers during this ongoing disaster and afterward, to help with their recovery. This designation is another part of that process.”
A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency, including FSA emergency loans. In addition to keeping an eye on crops and livestock, producers should document any losses or additional costs experienced as a result of weather events, including drought. That information is often required for producers to be eligible for physical and/or production loss loan assistance from the FSA, as well as other assistance programs.