USDA Declares Missouri Counties Disaster Areas

Farmers can receive USDA disaster assistance after summer rains.

Published on: Oct 11, 2013

The USDA designated 16 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding that occurred this summer.

Farmers and ranchers that experienced losses from July 15 through Aug. 19 of this year, are eligible for natural disaster assistance.

Those counties include Butler, Gasconade, New Madrid, Stoddard, Camden, Laclede, Osage, Texas, Cole, Maries, Pemiscot, Vernon, Dunklin, Miller, Pulaski and Webster.

"Our hearts go out to those Missouri farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release. "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. We're also telling Missouri producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

Farmers and ranchers in 16 Missouri counties, and contiguous counties, that experienced losses due to excessive rainfall and flooding from July 15 through August 19 this year, are eligible for natural disaster assistance. Photo courtesy of FEMA.
Farmers and ranchers in 16 Missouri counties, and contiguous counties, that experienced losses due to excessive rainfall and flooding from July 15 through August 19 this year, are eligible for natural disaster assistance. Photo courtesy of FEMA.

Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties to these 16 Missouri counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

All of these counties were designated natural disaster areas Sept. 25, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), 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. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online.

Source: USDA