Even with rain over the past few days, farmers and livestock producers in Northeast Missouri are still being hammered by drought conditions this year.

Even with rain over the past few days, farmers and livestock producers in Northeast Missouri are still being hammered by drought conditions this year.

In response, the United States Department of Agriculture announced emergency assistance Thursday.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement the USDA has declared 25 counties in Show Me State as primary disaster areas, making agriculture producers eligible for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency.

Monroe, Shelby and Macon counties are included in the declaration.

A spokesman for the USDA said the emergency loans announced on Thursday are not related to the $12 billion in temporary assistance to offset losses in the growing trade war that was announced on late July by President Donald Trump.

Under the emergency loans announced last week, producers can borrow as much as $30,000 to cover losses. The payback terms for the loans are anywhere from seven to 30 years, according to a USDA spokesman.

“Producers in all designated primary and contiguous counties will have until April 1, 2019, to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses,” the USDA said in a news release. “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 emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.”

There are additional program available, including Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program.

Tony Francis, who heads USDA operations for Monroe County, said Monroe County livestock producers are also eligible for the forage disaster program.

“As a result … livestock producers will have through Jan. 30, 2019, to sign up for the Livestock Forage Program. … Producers are asked to call the county office to make an appointment to enroll,” he said.

The following Missouri counties are part of the emergency declaration, according to the USDA: Andrew, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Randolph, Ray, Saline and Sullivan counties have been declared in primary natural disaster areas, producers in the contiguous counties of Adair, Atchison, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Clay, Cooper, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Knox, Lafayette, Monroe, Pettis, Platte, Putnam, Shelby and Worth in Missouri in along with Decatur, Page, Ringgold, Taylor and Wayne counties in Iowa, and Doniphan County, Kansas.

The primary natural disaster areas of the drought are Adair, Buchanan, Howard, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties. The contiguous counties include Andrew, Boone, Chariton, Clark, Clinton, Cooper, DeKalb, Knox, Linn, Macon, Mercer, Platte, Randolph, Saline and Sullivan in Missouri, along with Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren and Wayne counties in Iowa, and Atchison and Doniphan counties in Kansas. Agricultural producers in these counties are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

“FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability,” the USDA stated in an announcement. “FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.”