EMERGENCY DESIGNATION OF ALABAMA COUNTIES BY SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE
"Montgomery, AL." Due to drought that has been ongoing since Feb. 1, 2002, all counties in Alabama, except for Mobile County, are eligible for emergency assistance from USDA. Fifty-nine counties have received primary disaster status. This designation makes farmers and ranchers in these counties immediately eligible for assistance through USDA emergency farm loans. Additionally, qualifying livestock producers in counties that have received primary designations for drought may enroll in the LCP.
The 59 Alabama counties receiving primary disaster status are Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Butler, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clay, Cleburne, Coffee, Colbert, Conechu, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, De Kalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, St. Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Wilcox.
Another seven Alabama counties have been granted contiguous disaster status making them eligible for emergency loans, but not eligible for LCP. Those seven counties are Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Lamar, Marion, Washington and Winston. Mobile County has not demonstrated sufficient production losses in a single enterprise to warrant a Secretarial disaster designation.