USDA May Offer Assistance to Farmers Affected by Extreme Weather

Farmers who have experienced crop loss this year caused by severe weather may be eligible for assistance from the USDA, including FSA emergency loans.

Farmers impacted by flooding, freezing rain, and extreme cold between January 1 and May 31 may be eligible. Since the programs can only be used after proper documentation of the severity of the damage to the farm, the office of Rep. Ron Kind is offering to help farmers prepare the right paperwork.

The USDA announced in July that farms in primary counties and counties adjacent to those may be eligible for assistance. Primary counties are, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Portage, and Wood. Contiguous counties include Adams, Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, and Pepin.

More information can be found by calling 1-888-442-8040 toll-free or by visiting kind.house.gov. Residents are also encouraged to report damage to homes and property by calling 211, or their county emergency management offices.

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