Crittenden County designated as primary natural disaster area

WASHING TON, DC (KAIT) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crittenden County as a primary natural disaster area due to damage and losses caused by flooding from April 15 to July 1, 2011.

According to the USDA, Crittenden County farmers are now eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.

FSA says it 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.

USDA also has made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; 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.