Drought Triggers FSA Emergency Loans
While conditions are much improving, more than half of all Colorado counties continue to struggle with the impacts of a nearly two year drought.
28 Colorado counties are designated as primary natural disaster areas following a formal decision by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
A disaster designation enables farm operators in primary counties and contiguous counties to be eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans.
A couple of things to know from Lauren Langworthy of the non profit Moses Organic who lays out some important information about emergency loans.
Farmers in designated counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for the loans.
Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg said that "While drought conditions are clearly improving, farmers across Colorado are still recovering from losses incurred since late 2017." She encourages state's ag producers to check their eligibility for receiving FSA emergency loans and other assistance.