Administrator Richard Fordyce designated 11 Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Amite, Clarke, Franklin, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Smith, and Tishomingo counties who suffered physical damage and losses caused by high winds and tornadoes that occurred Dec. 16, 2019 may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

Producers in the contiguous Mississippi counties of Adams, Alcorn, Chickasaw, Copiah, Covington, Forrest, Itawamba, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Marion, Monroe, Newton, Perry, Pike, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Rankin, Scott, Simpson, Union, Walthall, Wayne and Wilkinson are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Sept. 10.

Additionally, President Donald Trump designated three Mississippi counties as the primary natural disaster area. Producers in Chickasaw, Choctaw and Oktibbeha counties who suffered losses caused by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred October 26, 2019 may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

Producers in the contiguous Mississippi counties of Attala, Calhoun, Clay, Lee, Lowndes, Monroe, Montgomery, Noxubee, Pontotoc, Webster and Winston are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Sept. 8.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at https://www.farmers.gov/recover.

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