On June 9, the USDA designated Yuma County in southwestern Arizona as a primary natural disaster area due to recent drought.

Farmers and ranchers in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima counties in Arizona also qualify for natural disaster assistance since these counties are contiguous.

Farmers and ranchers in California’s Imperial County also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the county is contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas, 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 declaration date to apply for loans to help cover part of the actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, considering 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.

Contact the local FSA office for more information.