The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 53 counties in Indiana as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the period of May 1, 2015, and continues. Those counties are:

Adams

Hendricks

LaPorte

Randolph

Allen

Henry

Madison

Ripley

Bartholomew

Howard

Marion

St. Joseph

Blackford

Huntington

Marshall

Scott

Boone

Jackson

Miami

Starke

Brown

Jasper

Monroe

Sullivan

Cass

Jay

Montgomery

Switzerland

Clay

Jefferson

Newton

Tippecanoe

Dearborn

Jennings

Ohio

Vigo

Delaware

Johnson

Pike

Wabash

Fountain

Knox

Porter

Washington

Gibson

Kosciusko

Pulaski

Wayne

Grant

Lake

Putnam

Wells

Greene

 

 

 

“Our hearts go out to those Indiana farmers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Indiana producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”

Farmers in the following counties in Indiana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Benton

DeKalb

Hamilton

Orange

Union

Carroll

Dubois

Hancock

Owen

Vanderburgh

Clark

Elkhart

Harrison

Parke

Vermillion

Clinton

Fayette

Lawrence

Posey

Warren

Crawford

Floyd

Martin

Rush

Warrick

Daviess

Franklin

Morgan

Shelby

White

Decatur

Fulton

Noble

Tipton

Whitley

 

Farmers in the following counties in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

Illinois

Clark

Crawford

Iroquois

Lawrence

White

Cook

Edgar

Kankakee

Wabash

Will

Kentucky

Boone, Carroll, Gallatin and Trimble

 

Michigan

Berrien and Cass

Ohio

Butler

Defiance

Mercer

Preble

Darke

Hamilton

Paulding

Van Wert

All counties and city listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Aug. 12, 2015, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), 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 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 http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.