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19 Iowa counties in FSA disaster region

By Staff | Jun 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – A May 10 storm system delivering hail, high winds and tornadoes in primarily western and northwest Iowa led to a 19-county disaster declaration on June 18.

John Whitaker, state executive director for Farm Service Agency, announced that low-interest emergency loans to cover physical losses are available.

The loans are available for family farmers with qualifying losses from the May 10 weather patters in the counties of Calhoun, Carroll, O’Brien, Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Greene, Lyon, Osceola, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster, Guthrie and Shelby.

Applications for assistance, Whitmore said, should be completed at the Buena Vista County FSA office, 600 West Elm Ave., Pocahontas.

He said the loans are for repair or replacing damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the farm operation.

Examples of affected property include essential buildings, real estate fixtures, and loss of planted or prevented planted crops.

Itemized lists of costs must accompany the application, including clean-up of debris, plus preparation cost for replanting.

Applicants must be unable to obtain credit from other usual sources to qualify for FSA assistance, Whitmore said.

The interest rate is set for 3.375 percent and the loans can be set for up to seven years, unless it is secured on crops; which needs to be repaid when the crop is sold.

The final date for making application is Feb. 12, 2016.

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