Jun 7, 2019
Drought funds set for farm operations in 39 Colorado counties

As more than half of all Colorado counties continue to experience repercussions of a crippling drought spanning nearly two years, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated 28 Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas on May 30, 2019.

A Secretarial disaster designation enables farm operators in primary counties and contiguous counties to be eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans. Farmers in designated counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for the loans.

“While drought conditions are clearly improving, farmers across Colorado are still recovering from losses incurred since late 2017,” said Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture. “We encourage our state’s ag producers to check their eligibility for receiving FSA emergency loans and other assistance.”

The following Colorado counties have been designated as disaster areas:

Primary (28):

Alamosa
Archuleta
Clear Creek
Conejos
Costilla
Delta
Dolores
Eagle
Garfield
Grand
Gunnison
Hinsdale
Jackson
La Plata
Mesa
Mineral
Moffat
Montezuma
Montrose
Ouray
Pitkin
Rio Blanco
Rio Grande
Routt
Saguache
San Juan
San Miguel
Summit

Contiguous (11):

Boulder
Chaffee
Custer
Fremont
Gilpin
Huerfano
Jeffson
Lake
Larimer
Las Animas
Park

Those who may be affected should contact their county FSA office for information about emergency loans and other assistance.





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