The Missouri counties, which were designated due to damages and losses caused by severe drought, are:

Andrew; Clinton; Jackson; Ray; Atchison; Davies; Johnson; Schuyler; Bates; De Kalb; Linn; Sullivan; Buchanan; Gentry; Livingston; Vernon; Caldwell; Grundy; Mercer; Worth; Carroll; Harrison; Nodaway; Cass; Henry; Platte; Cedar; Holt; and Putnam.

Several contiguous Missouri counties also were designated. Those include:

Adair; Dade; St. Clair; Barton; Lafayette; Saline; Benton; Macon; Scotland; Chariton; Pettis; Clay; and Polk.

The 22 Tennessee counties, which were designated as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by one or more adverse conditions, including armyworms, drought and flooding are:

Bradley; Hamblen; Maury; Tipton; Cheatham; Haywood; McNairy; Van Buren; Chester; Henderson; Montgomery; Weakley; Decatur; Lauderdale; Obion; White; Gibson; Madison; Polk; Grainger; Marshall; and Shelby.

In addition to these primary counties, several counties are being named as contiguous in this designation. Those are:

Bedford; Dyer; Houston; Perry; Benton; Fayette; Jefferson; Putnam; Bledsoe; Giles; Knox; Robertson; Carroll; Greene; Lake; Rutherford; Claiborne; Hamilton; Lawrence; Sequatchie; Cooke; Hancock; Lewis; Stewart; Crockett; Hardeman; Lincoln; Union; Cumberland; Hardin; McMinn; Warren; Davidson; Hawkins; Meigs; Wayne; De Kalb; Henry; Monroe; Williamson; Dickson; and Hickman.

These designations make all qualified farm operators eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from the USDA 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 the 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 available, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Over the last year, USDA has declared several other states, particularly in the western plains and mountain states, as agricultural disaster areas. USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Interested farmers may contact their local FSA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at:

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/disaster/assistance1.htm.

e-mail: WASHINGTON – USDA has designated 29 counties in Missouri and 22 counties in Tennessee as primary agricultural disaster areas due to adverse weather conditions in those counties last summer.

The Missouri counties, which were designated due to damages and losses caused by severe drought, are:

Andrew; Clinton; Jackson; Ray; Atchison; Davies; Johnson; Schuyler; Bates; De Kalb; Linn; Sullivan; Buchanan; Gentry; Livingston; Vernon; Caldwell; Grundy; Mercer; Worth; Carroll; Harrison; Nodaway; Cass; Henry; Platte; Cedar; Holt; and Putnam.

Several contiguous Missouri counties also were designated. Those include:

Adair; Dade; St. Clair; Barton; Lafayette; Saline; Benton; Macon; Scotland; Chariton; Pettis; Clay; and Polk.

The 22 Tennessee counties, which were designated as primary disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by one or more adverse conditions, including armyworms, drought and flooding are:

Bradley; Hamblen; Maury; Tipton; Cheatham; Haywood; McNairy; Van Buren; Chester; Henderson; Montgomery; Weakley; Decatur; Lauderdale; Obion; White; Gibson; Madison; Polk; Grainger; Marshall; and Shelby.

In addition to these primary counties, several counties are being named as contiguous in this designation. Those are:

Bedford; Dyer; Houston; Perry; Benton; Fayette; Jefferson; Putnam; Bledsoe; Giles; Knox; Robertson; Carroll; Greene; Lake; Rutherford; Claiborne; Hamilton; Lawrence; Sequatchie; Cooke; Hancock; Lewis; Stewart; Crockett; Hardeman; Lincoln; Union; Cumberland; Hardin; McMinn; Warren; Davidson; Hawkins; Meigs; Wayne; De Kalb; Henry; Monroe; Williamson; Dickson; and Hickman.

These designations make all qualified farm operators eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from the USDA 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 the 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 available, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Over the last year, USDA has declared several other states, particularly in the western plains and mountain states, as agricultural disaster areas. USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Interested farmers may contact their local FSA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at:

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/disaster/assistance1.htm.

http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/disaster/assistance1.htm.

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