SIX ALABAMA COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR FSA EMERGENCY LOANS AND OTHER DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Six Alabama counties are eligible for FSA emergency loans and other disaster assistance because of their proximity to 45 Mississippi counties that were declared as disaster areas. USDA officials made the announcement on Oct. 21.
The disaster areas qualified for assistance due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, through Aug. 30, 2011. Farmers may be eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. The Alabama counties are Choctaw, Lamar, Mobile, Pickens, Sumter, and Washington.
Under this designation, farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration 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.
This designation has also made the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, available to assist farmers and ranchers in the designated areas. Interested farmers should 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. FSA news releases are available on FSA's Web site at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the "Newsroom" link
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