Farmers Who Lost Crops Due To Drought In 2020 Can Get Disaster Relief Loan | Connect FM | Local news radio
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Farmers in our region who were affected by drought last year can get funds for disaster relief.
For farmers in Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and Clarion counties who lost crops due to drought between June and November 2020, loans have been set aside to make up for those losses.
Eligible farmers can apply for loans up to eight months from the date of a disaster declaration by the secretariat and should contact their local FSA office for assistance.
More information about the USDA Disaster Assistance Program, including county listings and maps, can be found at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania –Secretary Russell Redding informed farmland owners in 25 counties in Pennsylvania that they were eligible to receive disaster assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to losses caused by the drought that occurred during the 2020 crop year.
“I encourage Pennsylvania farmers who have suffered unpredictable losses by mother nature to check with their local agricultural service agency to see how they can help,” Redding said. “Our farmers are resilient, battling both disasters and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and disaster. These farmers can now breathe a sigh of relief.
The USDA has reviewed the loss assessment reports and has determined that there is sufficient production loss to warrant a natural disaster designation by the secretariat. Six counties in Pennsylvania are designated as primary natural disaster areas, in two separate disaster designations.
Designation number 1:
Drought from June 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020
Main counties: Center, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson
Contiguous counties: Armstrong, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lycoming McKean, Mifflin, Potter, Union, Warren
Designation number 2:
Drought from June 6, 2020 to November 17, 2020
Main County: Cumberland
Contiguous counties: Adams, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry, York
A disaster secretariat designation makes farm operators in primary counties and counties contiguous to those primary counties eligible for some assistance from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. fulfilled. This assistance includes emergency loans from the FSA.
Eligible farmers can apply for loans up to eight months from the date of a disaster declaration by the secretariat and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on the USDA Disaster Assistance Program, including county listings and maps, can be found at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
March 15 is the federal deadline to purchase crop insurance, and the droughts of 2020 are a stark reminder of the role crop insurance plays in mitigating risk. Those who have taken steps to purchase crop insurance and protect against risk have weathered the drought. Those who have not are now considering emergency loans like those granted by the disaster declaration.
“While this designation is a welcome sigh of relief for many farmers in Pennsylvania, it’s not something to be trusted,” Redding added. “As farmers, we are well aware that we cannot control the weather. But we can manage our risks, and that’s why I also encourage farmers in Pennsylvania to get crop insurance before the March 15 deadline.
the Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center, established under the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, is available to provide advice and guidance to Pennsylvania farmers for their Risk management Opportunities.
Risk is an important consideration in the farming business. Uncertainties inherent in weather conditions, yields, prices, world markets, biological pathogens and other factors that impact agriculture can cause large fluctuations in farm income. Risk management involves choosing among alternatives that strengthen the resilience of agricultural operations.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.