The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to designate disaster counties to make disaster assistance programs available to farmers and ranchers. During times of need, USDA has historically responded to disasters across the country by providing direct support, disaster assistance, technical assistance, and access to credit. USDA's low-interest emergency loans have helped producers recover from losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters for decades. By reducing the interest rates to 2.25%, emergency loans immediately come into line with other rates in the marketplace and provide a much-needed resource for producers hoping to recover from production and physical losses associated with natural disasters.
USDA agencies have been working for weeks with state and local officials, as well as individuals, businesses, farmers and ranchers, as they begin the process of helping to get people back on their feet. USDA offers a variety of resources for states and individuals affected by the recent disasters. For additional information and updates about USDA's efforts, please visit www.usda.gov/disaster or USDA's drought page.
Primary counties and corresponding states designated as disaster areas today:
Arkansas: Arkansas, Cleburn, Cleveland, Crittenden, Jefferson, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, Prairie, St. Francis
Georgia: Douglas, Georgia
Indiana: Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Shelby
Mississippi: DeSoto, Panola, Tate, Tunica
New Mexico: Cibola
Tennessee: Shelby, Tipton
Utah: Garfield, Kane, Wasatch, Wayne
Wyoming: Fremont, Sublette
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