COLUMBUS – Fifty-one counties in Ohio and 21 counties in New York have been named disaster counties and are eligible for USDA Emergency farm loans due to losses caused by severe weather conditions last year.
This designation makes all qualified family-sized farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible for low-interest EM loans from the Farm Service Agency. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of this declaration to apply for the 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 the losses, security available, repayment ability, and other eligibility requirements.
FSA has a variety of programs available, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity. Interested farmers may contact their local FSA offices for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.
Eligible Ohio counties – Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Crawford, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Gallia, Geauga, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Muskingum, Ottawa, Paulding, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Vinton, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.
Eligible New York counties – Albany, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Greene, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Orleans, Otsega, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins and Wyoming.
Additional information is also available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/disaster/assistance1.htm.