The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated five counties in eastern Missouri as natural disasters because of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from mid-April to early May.
Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Ralls and St. Charles – are contiguous to counties in Illinois that have been declared primary disasters because of severe weather that occurred from April 16 to May 5. Farmers in those counties who suffered qualified losses are eligible for low-interest loans and other federal assistance.
Seven other counties – Clark, Harrison, Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland and Worth – are contiguous to counties in Iowa that have been declared primary disasters because of severe weather that occurred from April 17-30.
A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans.
Affected farmers can contact their local FSA office for more information.