Lt. Gov.Becky Skillman and Indiana State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency Julia Wickard recently announced that all 92 Indiana counties have been designated primary natural disaster areas by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
The word comes after Skillman and Wickard sent a letter on July 25 to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, requesting a Secretarial disaster designation for Indiana, due to the impact of excessive heat, frost, freeze and drought. The USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined sufficient production losses to warrant such a declaration.
A Secretarial disaster designation makes qualified farmers in both primary and contiguous counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for low interest loans. FSA will consider each loan application on individual merits.