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18 Colorado Counties are Eligible for Drought Damage Funds through USDA’s Farm Service Agency

USDA Designates Seven Counties in Colorado as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Pictured: a ranch site in Garfield County

Most of Garfield County falls within Moderate to Severe Drought Status. (Photo: Abi Saeed)

Release No. 0083.18

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
Map of Colorado with drought affected counties highlighted in red.

Colorado Drought Map (May 2018)

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 ProgramLivestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramEmergency 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

More Information:

Colorado’s Drought Response Portal.

Colorado’s Drought Summary.

Colorado Climate Center.

Colorado Water Conservation Board.


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