WASHINGTON – The USDA designated 72 Ohio counties as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme weather conditions occurring since May 25, 2005.
Counties affected. The following counties received natural disaster designation:
Ashland, Ashtabula, Athens, Auglaize, Belmont, Brown, Butler, Carroll, Champaign, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Cuyahoga, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Gallia, Geauga, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Hocking, Huron;
Jackson, Knox, Lake, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Medina, Meigs, Mercer, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Scioto, Seneca, Shelby, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Vinton, Warren, Washington, and Wyandot.
Contiguous counties. Additional areas of the state are also eligible for emergency relief because they are contiguous counties. These include the following counties:
Adams, Allen, Clark, Delaware, Greene, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Marion, Morrow, Portage, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Williams, and Wood.
This designation makes farm operations in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.
FSA will consider each application on its own merit by taking into account the extent of the losses, security available, and payment ability.
Farmers wanting to apply for disaster assistance can do so by calling or visiting their local farm service agency service center.
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