AG PRODUCERS IN TALLAHATCHIE, 14 OTHER COUNTIES MAY APPLY FOR FLOOD DISASTER AID

By SPECIAL TO THE SUN-SENTINEL,

While flood disaster assistance is available to producers in 15 counties in Mississippi, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce has designated four of those counties as the primary natural disaster area.

Producers in Calhoun, Grenada, Lafayette and Yalobusha counties who suffered physical damage and losses caused by excessive rainfall, flash flooding and flooding that occurred from Feb. 18-28 may be eligible for FSA emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

Producers in the contiguous Mississippi counties of Carroll, Chickasaw, Leflore, Marshall, Montgomery, Panola, Pontotoc, Tallahatchie, Tate, Union and Webster are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Nov. 15, 2019.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs.

Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.


IN THE PHOTO: A man wades through floodwaters near a residence off Highway 32 Central, just west of Charleston, on Feb. 24, 2019. (Sun-Sentinel photo by Clay McFerrin)