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USDA designates 4 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Bent, Custer, Huerfano and Prowers counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Alamosa, Fremont, Otero, Baca, Kiowa, Pueblo, Costilla, Las Animas and Saguache.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Greeley, Hamilton and Stanton in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: Catron, Lea, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Guadalupe, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Harding, Mora, San Juan, Taos.

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Farmers and ranchers in the following contiguous counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Bernalillo, Eddy, Roosevelt, Chaves, Grant, Sierra, Cibola, Lincoln, Socorro, Colfax, Los Alamos, Torrance, De Baca, Quay, Union.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties in Colorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are: Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, La Plata and Montezuma.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of March 29 and March 30, respectively 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 the impacts of this disaster.

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. ❖


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