Usda designates 6 Counties in Oregon as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Areas



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USDA Designates 6 Counties in Oregon as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in Surrounding Areas
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2013 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated six counties in Oregon as primary natural disaster areas in three separate designations.
“Our hearts go out to those Oregon 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 Oregon producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”
Designation 1

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated three counties in Oregon as primary natural disaster areas due to damages caused by freezing temperatures that occurred April 8-30, 2013.


Those counties are:
Baker Umatilla Union

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


Grant Malheur Morrow Wallowa
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Idaho and Washington also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Idaho

Adams Washington



Washington

Benton Columbia Walla Walla


Designation 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Wasco County in Oregon as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures and excessive rain that occurred March 22 – June 30, 2013.


Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Oregon also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous to Wasco County. Those counties are:
Clackamas Hood River Marion Wheeler

Gilliam Jefferson Sherman


Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Washington also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Washington
Klickitat
Designation 3

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated two counties in Oregon as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by freezing temperatures and extreme heat that occurred April 8 – May 13, 2013.


The counties are:
Gilliam Morrow
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Oregon also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Grant Sherman Umatilla Wasco

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


Washington

Benton Klickitat


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



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