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(Neb.)-Counties Designated as Secretarial Disaster Due to Drought Conditions

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 04/12/2013 09:09 AM

(LINCOLN)-Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger announced 89 counties in Nebraska have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought. Those counties are:
 
    Adams
Dawson
Howard
Red Willow
    Antelope
Deuel
Jefferson
Rock
    Arthur
Dixon
Johnson
Saline
    Banner
Dodge
Kearney
Sarpy
    Blaine
Douglas
Keith
Saunders
    Boone
Dundy
Keya Paha
Scotts Bluff
    Box Butte
Fillmore
Kimball
Seward
    Boyd
Franklin
Knox
Sheridan
    Brown
Frontier
Lancaster
Sherman
    Buffalo
Furnas
Lincoln
Sioux
    Burt
Gage
Logan
Stanton
    Butler
Garden
Loup
Thayer
    Cass
Garfield
McPherson
Thomas
    Cedar
Gosper
Madison
Thurston
    Chase
Grant
Merrick
Valley
    Cherry
Greeley
Morrill
Washington
    Cheyenne
Hall
Nance
Wayne
    Clay
Hamilton
Otoe
Webster
    Colfax
Harlan
Perkins
Wheeler
    Cuming
Hayes
Phelps
York
    Custer
Hitchcock
Pierce
 
    Dakota
Holt
Platte
 
    Dawes
Hooker
Polk
 
 
These counties were declared a Secretarial Disaster on April 10th, 2013, based on the U. S. Drought Monitor drought intensity value. “The 89 counties that received the Primary Secretarial Disaster Designation have a drought intensity value of extreme (D3) or exceptional (D4),” said Steinkruger.
            At this time, there are four counties in Nebraska that have not been declared a Secretarial Disaster. These counties are contiguous to counties that have received the declaration and are also eligible for certain disaster assistance due to drought. The four counties are:
 
Nuckolls
Nemaha
Pawnee
Richardson
 
            This designation authorizes Emergency (EM) Loans for eligible producers. Steinkruger stated, “Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSAServiceCenter for detailed information about available programs and updated Secretarial Disaster Designations.”
            In addition to the Emergency (EM) Loan Program, the FSA has other loan programs and disaster assistance programs that may assist farmers in recovering from their losses. 
            For more information, contact your local FSAServiceCenter: the Dawes/North Sioux County office in Chadron (432-4616), the SheridanCounty in Rushville (327-2489), or the BoxButteCounty office in Alliance (762-4322). Additional information on FSA Disaster Assistance and Farm Loan programs can also be accessed at www.fsa.usda.gov.
            Other federal agencies such as FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and SBA (Small Business Administration) may also have available assistance for the public as well. For more information, visit www.fema.gov and www.sba.gov.
 
--USDA Farm Service Agency


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