The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated eight counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas because of damages and losses from excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period that began May 1. 

Those counties are Clark, Morgan, Rush, White, Fulton, Owen, Shelby and Whitley.

Farmers in the following counties in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are Allen, Bartholomew, Benton, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Huntington, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Kosciusko, Marion, Marshall, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Pulaski, Putnam, Scott, Starke, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Washington

Farmers in Jefferson, Oldham and Trimble counties in Kentucky also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sep. 2, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency , provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration 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 adversity.

Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

FSA news releases are available on FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov via the “Newsroom” link.