Imperial County was designated a Primary Natural Disaster Area by the USDA on April 9, 2014, due to the recent drought. Riverside and San Diego counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance as well as Yuma and La Paz counties in Arizona. All qualified farm operators in these areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided eligibility requirements are met. Additional programs are also available. Interested farmers and ranchers may contact a local USDA Service Center for eligibility requirements and applications procedures. More information about these programs is available online. FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.
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