U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Chris Beyerhelm today announced that physical loss loans are available for seven counties in Kansas.
Farm operators who have suffered major physical losses caused by wildfires that occurred from March 3 through March 9, 2017, may be eligible for emergency loans.
This Administrator’s Physical Loss Notification has been issued for Clark, Comanche, Lane, Meade, Ness, Reno and Seward counties as the primary damaged area. A
Additionally, 21 Kansas counties are contiguous to this designated disaster area, making these producers also potentially eligible for programs based on this designation.
The contiguous counties are: Barber, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Gray, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kingman, Kiowa, McPherson, Pawnee, Pratt, Rice, Rush, Scott, Sedgwick, Stafford, Stevens and Trego.
Producers in Beaver, Harper, Texas and Woods counties in Oklahoma are also eligible because they are contiguous counties.
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.