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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Programs available to help recoup storm losses

  • Newton and McDonald counties in Missouri have been designated contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that took place between May 18 and June 2.
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  • Newton and McDonald counties in Missouri have been designated contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that took place between May 18 and June 2.
    This makes all qualified farm operators in these areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses, security available and repayment ability.
    Loans for physical losses must be used to replace or repair damage to buildings, fences or to compensate the farmer for losses of basic livestock, stored crops, or supplies on hand, equipment, etc., that was lost due to the disaster. Loans for production losses may also be used to buy feed, seed, fertilizer, livestock or to make payments on real estate or chattel debts. Generally, loans for production losses cannot be approved until crops have completed their production cycle or have been harvested.
    In order to qualify, a farmer must have suffered a 30 percent loss in production or an actual physical loss that was essential to the operation of the farm.
    Interested farmers may contact the Barry County FSA office at 847-2111 for further information or eligibility requirements and application procedures for this program, or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
    Other programs available to help farmers include the emergency conservation program, federal crop insurance, and the non-insured crop disaster assistance program.

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