July 14, 2006
July 14, 2006 - Last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated a county in California as a primary agricultural disaster area.
The designation was announced due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding and cooler than normal temperatures.
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