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October 05, 2011   Email to Friend 

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR 11 ALABAMA COUNTIES DESIGNATED AS PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS
Vickie A. Lane, USDA
(334) 279-3501
October 05, 2011

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Daniel Robinson, State Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds Alabama farmers that the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 11 counties in Alabama as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought that began April 1 and continues.

Counties included in the list are Baldwin, Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Mobile and Russell.

Farm operators in the following Alabama counties also qualify for natural disaster benefits because their counties are contiguous: Bullock, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Lee, Macon, Monroe, Pike and Washington.

"President Obama and Secretary Vilsack understand that this drought has caused severe damage to crops in Alabama and want to help," said Robinson. "America's farmers and rural communities are vitally important to our nation's economy, producing the food, feed, fiber and fuel that continue to help us grow and out-compete the rest of the world. This action will provide assistance to hundreds of farmers in Alabama who suffered significant production losses during this challenging season."

All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans.

This designation has also made the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) available to assist farmers and ranchers. Interested farmers should contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures. Additional information is also available online at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.


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