Charleston, WV – The United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA) designated Hancock County as a contiguous disaster area due
to a drought that occurred in 14 counties in Pennsylvania between May and
December of 2016. The designation makes Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency
production loss assistance available for those farmers in Hancock County who
suffered qualifying losses pursuant to section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm
and Rural Development Act.
important Hancock County farmers impacted by last year’s drought seek
assistance from the USDA in a timely manner. These monies will not be available
forever, so we encourage those who were affected to take advantage of this
assistance,” stated West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
who meet the eligibility requirements have eight months from the date of
declaration (April 5, 2017) to apply for loans to help cover part of their
actual losses. The FSA will consider each loan application on its own merit,
taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment
ability. The FSA has a variety of programs in addition to the EM loan program
to assist eligible famers recover from adversity.
Interested farmers may contact their local USDA service
centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application
procedures for these programs. Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, 304-558-3708/304-380-3922, firstname.lastname@example.org