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USDA Designates Lane County as Primary Natural Disaster Area

Judd Weil-News Director


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 24, they have designated Lane County, Kan., as a Primary Natural Disaster Area because of drought.

This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans.

Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.

The FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these counties suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of Drought-Severe for eight or more consecutive weeks or Drought-Extreme or D4 Drought-Exceptional.

The application deadline for these emergency loans is Jan. 6, 2023.

While Lane County is the primary eligible county, other contiguous counties also eligible include Finney, Gove, Ness, and Scott Counties.

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