As part of a disaster declaration for counties in the state of Minnesota, two Wisconsin counties have been declared eligible for disaster assistance by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This declaration is due to losses caused by drought conditions and lack of moisture that took place between Sept. 1-Nov. 15.
Because Burnett and Douglas counties are considered contiguous to the primary natural disaster counties in Minnesota, farmers who suffered losses in those counties are eligible for certain assistance from the USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
Farmers in these counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for those loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of farm production losses and the security and repayment ability of the farmer.
For more information, contact local Farm Service Agency offices.