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USDA Designates Seven Alabama Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dec 16, 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated seven Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas, due to excessive rainfall caused by Tropical Storm Ida and continued excess rain following the storm. This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans, along with aid relief recently appropriated by Congress for natural disasters in 2020 and 2021.

Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts, provided eligibility requirements are met. The disaster relief for qualifying events in 2020 and 2021 will be announced by USDA in the near future, which will be a continuation of the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).

To apply, farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties are eligible for certain assistance from FSA. The loans will be reviewed by FSA based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Farmers have until August 8, 2022, to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator.

To inquire about eligibility, farmers should contact their local county FSA office for additional information.

Impacted Area: Alabama

Triggering Disaster: Excessive rainfall and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Ida that occurred from Aug. 29, 2021 and continuing.

Application Deadline: Aug. 8, 2022

Primary Counties Eligible in Alabama (7):

Baldwin

Elmore

Mobile

Tallapoosa

Dale

Escambia

Montgomery

   Contiguous Counties Also Eligible in Alabama (23):

Autauga

Clay

Geneva

Macon

Barbour

Coffee

Henry

Monroe

Bullock

Conecuh

Houston

Pike

Chambers

Coosa

Lee

Randolph

Chilton

Covington

Lowndes

Washington

Clarke

Crenshaw

*Sumter

            *Contiguous to Primary County in Mississippi

Florida: Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties

Mississippi: George, Greene and Jackson Counties

More Resources

On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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