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USDA designates 18 counties as natural disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 18 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred April 1, 2017.

Michigan, (WPBN/WGTU) -- More than a dozen counties have been officially declared disaster areas following severe storms last April.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 18 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by excessive rain that occurred April 1, 2017, and continuing.

The counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include:

Alger
Baraga
Bay
Chippewa
Delta
Dickinson
Gogebic
Gratiot
Houghton
Huron
Iron
Marquette
Keweenaw
Luce
Mackinac
Menominee
Ontonagon
Schoolcraft

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Michigan also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Arenac
Clinton
Ionia
Gladwin
Isabella
Midland
Montcalm
Saginaw
Sanilac
Shiawassee
Tuscola

Farmers and ranchers in Florence, Forest, Iron, Marinette and Vilas counties in Wisconsin also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Dec. 4, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. 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.

Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.


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