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FSA Announces Disaster Area in 38 Counties

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steven J. Peterson today announced that physical loss loans are available for 10 counties in Iowa, due to four separate disaster events. Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding, flooding, hail, high winds, lighting and tornadoes that occurred from June 22 through August 18, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.

For the June 22 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Butler and Franklin counties as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, 10 Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Black Hawk, Bremer, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Floyd, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin and Wright.

For the June 28 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Fremont, Jones, Linn, Marion, Page and Taylor counties as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, 20 Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Adams, Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Lucas, Mahaska, Mills, Monroe, Montgomery, Polk, Ringgold, Union and Warren.

For the Aug. 10 disaster event, an Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Clinton County as the primary damaged area.

Additionally, four Iowa counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation. The contiguous counties are: Cedar, Jackson, Jones and Scott.

FSA’s low interest emergency loans may be made available to any applicant with a qualifying loss in the counties named above. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only.

Physical loss loans may be made to eligible farmers and ranchers to repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agriculture operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay.

Producers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans for physical losses.

Please contact FSA for more information on loan eligibility and the application process. FSA office information is available at offices.usda.gov. Additional FSA disaster assistance program information is available at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

Emergency Haying and Grazing Released by CRP

Emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been authorized for Mahaska County due to a D2 drought designation on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

CRP participants interested in emergency haying or grazing of CRP acreage must first contact their FSA office that administers their CRP contract to discuss options available to them. 

Applicants must meet with NRCS to obtain a modified conservation plan. Farm Owners and/or Operators interested in this emergency release must request written approval from the FSA before any haying or grazing can be granted.

Once approved for emergency haying or grazing, producers may use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage; however, CRP participants are not allowed to sell any hay removed from CRP acreages. Haying is authorized through August 31st and is limited to one cutting. All haying activities must be completed by August 31st and bales removed from the CRP acreage no later than September 15th.
If a CRP contract holder is approved for grazing, then livestock must be removed from the CRP acres by September 30, 2017.
For additional information regarding the emergency release of CRP for haying and
grazing, please contact the Mahaska County FSA office at 641-673- 3476, Extension 2.

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