June 30, 2006
June 30, 2006 -- This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated the state of Vermont and a county in California as primary agricultural disaster areas.
The designations were announced due to a number of acts which include excessive rainfall, flooding and hail.
Qualified farmer operators in these areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency and have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
A map indicating the designated counties can be accessed at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/fsa.asp