STATEHOUSE – Crawford, Dubois and Perry Counties represented by Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem), have been designated primary disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Wednesday, the USDA added 14 Indiana counties to the existing list of 50 primary natural disaster areas.
The USDA also designated 16 contiguous counties. In all, 80 Indiana counties now qualify for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
“I sympathize with the farmers in our community, and I want them to be made aware of the resources available to them,” said Rep. Davisson. “It is my hope that this drought will be over quickly, and our communities return to normal.”
According to the USDA, farmers in both primary and contiguous counties have eight months from the designation date to apply for emergency loan assistance from the FSA. The FSA will take into account the extent of production losses, security available and repayment ability when determining eligibility.
Farmers are urged to contact their local FSA office for more information or visit www.in.gov/drought/.
Rep. Davisson represents parts of Clark, Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Jackson, Perry, Scott and Washington Counties.