Southern Tier and Finger Lakes counties affected by drought and excessive heat that occurred from July 1 through Aug. 31 this year include Schuyler, Seneca and Steuben. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Allegany, Cayuga, Chemung and Tompkins in New York, and Potter and Tioga in Pennsylvania.
Twin Tier counties affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee from Aug. 27 through Sept. 15 include Broome and Delaware. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties also qualify for assistance because their counties are contiguous: Chenango, Cortland and Tioga in New York, and Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.
Contiguous counties affected by the combined effects of excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, hail, high winds, below normal temperatures and tornadoes that occurred between April 1 and Aug. 30 include Cayuga and Seneca.
Farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration, which was made Nov. 18, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses, according to a USDA news release.
FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Additional information is available online at http://disas ter.fsa.usda.gov.
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