Sec. of Ag declares drought in six counties

Tulare County was among six California Counties designated as an emergency due to drought by the Secretery of Agriculture.

Pursuant to the Secretary’s designation, farmers in Tulare County, – along with Kings, Fresno, Kern, Monterey and San Luis Obispo – are eligible for USDA emergency farm loans because of physical and production losses based on damages and losses caused by drought, which occurred January 15, 2013 through March 11, 2013.

Farmers in the six counties have eight months to apply for USDA emergency farm loans to help cover part of their actual losses. They must:

• Have suffered at least 30 percent loss of normal production directly related to the above-cities cause,

• Be unable to repay the loan and any other loans.

• Be Unable to obtain credit elsewhere,

• Have adequate security, and

• Have multi-peril crop insurance, if available.

All applicants must complete a certification of disaster losses, which reflects the exact date(s) and nature of the designated disaster and how it caused the loss or damage. Crop insurance field reports may be a source for documenting losses directly related to the cited cause.

The authorization for Farm Service Agency (FSA) to accept Emergency loan applications under this authorization expires on November 13, 2013. Applications should be filed with your FSA Service Center at 3530 W. Orchard Ct. Visalia, 93277.

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