After the devastating impact of drought which created substantial losses for producers, USDA has proclaimed Nevada's Eureka County a primary disaster area.
Farmers in Elko, Lander, White Pine and Nye which are contiguous to Eureka County also qualify for natural disaster assistance, the order states.
The counties were designated in late May, making all farm operators who qualify for assistance eligible for low-interest emergency loans through USDA's Farm Service Agency. "Our hearts go out to those Nevada farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," says USDA chief Tom Vilsack.
"President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times."
Vilsack told Nevada producers that USDA "stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."
Farmers in the eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration, May 29, 2013, to apply for the loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
FSA will screen each application, taking into consideration the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability.
The agency has a variety of programs to offer under the emergency declaration in addition the loans to help eligible producers recover.
Drought actions by USDA this year include:
•Extended emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres, freeing up 2.8 million acres and as much as $200 million in forage and feed for ranchers.
•Purchased $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and fish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including food banks, to help relieve pressure on American livestock producers and bring the nation's meat supply – including beef – in line with demand.
To find your local FSA office, go on line to www.fsa.usda.gov
and use the "Newsroom" link.