USDA Designates Seven Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated seven counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
Agricultural producers in designated counties are eligible for emergency loans and other disaster assistance from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
Those counties are:
Alamosa Conejos Hinsdale Rio Grande Archuleta Gunnison Mineral
Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are:
Chaffee Huerfano Montrose Saguache Costilla La Plata Ouray San Juan Delta Mesa Pitkin
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 25, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
Additional Assistance Programs:
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.