USDA Designates 15 Counties in New Mexico as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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USDA Designates 15 Counties in New Mexico as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

06/08/2011 04:23 PM EDT

Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506

Release No. 0052.11



USDA Designates 15 Counties in New Mexico as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2011 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, high winds and wildfires that began Jan. 1, 2011, and continues.

The counties are:

Catron De Baca Grant Luna Roosevelt
Chaves Dona Ana Hidalgo Otero Sierra
Curry Eddy Lea Quay Socorro

“President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to forage crops, pasture and wheat,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses.”

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Cibola Harding San Miguel Union
Guadalupe Lincoln Torrance Valencia

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Arizona and Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Arizona
Apache Cochise Greenlee

Texas
Andrews Culberson Gaines Loving Reeves
Bailey Deaf Smith Hartley Oldham Winkler
Cochran El Paso Hudspeth Parmer Yoakum

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas June 4, 2011, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

USDA also has made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE), which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; the Emergency Conservation Program; Federal Crop Insurance; and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the “News and Events” link.

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