The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Wednesday designated counties in nine states as primary agricultural disaster areas.
The nine states include: California, Colorado, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon and Texas. A complete list of counties can be found by clicking on the map at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/fsa.asp.
These designations make all qualified farm operators eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for the loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
For assistance, effected farmers and ranchers should visit their local FSA office.