The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 38 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas in three different designations due to multiple disasters.
"Our hearts go out to those Michigan farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," says Agriculture Secretary 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. We're also telling Michigan producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."
The USDA has designated 27 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain with cooler than normal temperatures that began April 1, 2013, and continues.
Those counties are: Alcona, Chippewa, Gratiot, Mackinac, Arenac, Clare, Houghton, Midland, Baraga, Crawford, Huron, Monroe, Bay, Emmet, Iosco, Muskegon, Charlevoix, Gladwin, Luce, Newaygo, Cheboygan, Gogebic, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon.
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Michigan also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Alger, Isabella, Marquette, Oceana, Alpena, Kalkaska, Mason, Osceola, Antrim, Kent, Mecosta, Otsego, Clinton, Keweenaw, Missaukee, Ottawa, Ionia, Lake Montcalm, Saginaw, Iron, Lenawee, Montmorency, Sanilac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.
The USDA has designated Benzi County as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought with cooler than normal temperatures that occurred Aug. 1 – Sept. 28, 2013.