USDA Designates Several Utah counties as Natural Disaster Areas

USDA Designates Several Utah counties as Natural Disaster Areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Grand County in Utah as a primary natural disaster area due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
 
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Emery, San Juan, Uintah and Wayne counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
 
Farmers and ranchers in the contiguous counties of Garfield, Mesa and Montrose inColorado also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
 
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA’s) emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of May 3, 2018, 2018, to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.