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USDA Designates Adams County in Pennsylvania as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

  WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Adams County in Pennsylvania as a primary natural disaster area because of losses caused by drought that began June 5, 2010, and continues.

   “President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to corn, forage crops, pasture and soybeans, and we want to help,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This action will provide assistance to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses.”

   Farmers and ranchers in Cumberland, Franklin and York counties in Pennsylvania also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

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

Carroll Frederick

   All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Jan. 14, 2011, 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.

   USDA also has made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; 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.

   FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the “News and Events” link.

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