USDA designates 18 counties as natural disaster areas
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:
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Michigan also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:
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.