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Parts Of Northwest Iowa Designated Disaster Areas Due To Late Freeze, Drought Last Year

FSA_masthead_logoDes Moines, Iowa — Parts of northwest Iowa have been designated natural disaster areas.

Iowa State Executive Director for USDA Farm Service Agency, John R Whitaker says that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 22 Iowa counties as part of a Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation. Farm operators who have suffered major production and/or physical losses caused by combined effects of freezing temperatures and continuing drought conditions may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

The closest this comes to our area is that three Minnesota counties have been designated as the primary disaster area due to freezing temperatures April 9, 2012 through April 11, 2012. Five Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for the program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Dickinson, Emmet, Howard, Osceola, and Winneshiek. The final date for making application under this designation is August 5, 2013.

Thirty-one Missouri counties have been designated as the primary disaster area due to drought conditions beginning November 1, 2012 and continuing. Five Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Decatur, Fremont, Page, Ringgold, and Taylor. The final date for making application under this designation is September 9, 2013.

Kossuth County, Iowa has been designated as a primary disaster area for drought conditions beginning March 15, 2013 and continuing. Seven Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Emmet, Hancock, Humboldt, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Winnebago, and Wright. The final date for making application under this designation is November 20, 2013.

Eighty-nine Nebraska counties have been designated as the primary disaster area due to drought conditions beginning April 2, 2013 and continuing. Six Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for program based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury. The final date for making application under this designation is December 10, 2013.

The Farm Service Agency may make Emergency Loans to eligible family farmers which will enable them to return to their normal operations if they sustained qualifying losses resulting from natural disaster. Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers to enable them to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property, including livestock losses, essential to the success of the farming operation. Examples of property commonly affected include; essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops. For production loss loans, the disaster yield must be at least
30 percent below the normal production yield of the crop, on a crop or crops that make up a basic part of the total farming operation.


Applicant must be unable to obtain credit from other usual sources to qualify for the Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Program assistance. Interest rates are based on the date the loan is approved. The current interest rate for emergency loans is 2.375%. Each applicant applying for credit will be given equal consideration without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, or national origin.

The repayment for most disaster loans are based on the useful life of the security, the applicant’s repayment ability, and the type of loss. If the loan is secured only on crops, it must be repaid when the next crop year’s income is received. Loans to replace fixtures to real estate may be scheduled for repayment for up to 40 years.

Interested farmers may contact their local County FSA office for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Information can also be found on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov

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