87 Illinois Counties Eligible for Farmer Assistance

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 87 Illinois counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by rain and flooding.

Counties in the WAND viewing area include: Cass, Morgan, Menard, Sangamon, Logan, DeWitt, Macon, Piatt, Moultrie, Shelby, Christian, Effingham, Cumberland, Coles, Douglas, Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, Vermilion, Edgar and Warren (IN).

These counties all qualify for natural disaster assistance from the USDA as of August 12, 2015.

Qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for 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.

Interested farmers should contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for natural disaster assistance as well as other programs.

Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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