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Loans available for farmers hit by natural disasters

Flooding caused by snow melt and rainfall, in Hamburg, Iowa, March 20. The Midwest was hit hard by spring storms. Hilary Swift / ©2019 The New York Times

ST. PAUL — Agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture physical loss loans.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to agricultural producers in several Minnesota counties, including Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Dodge, Freeborn, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Mahnomen, Martin, Meeker, Mower, Murray, Olmsted, Polk, Pope, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Stearns, Wabasha, Watonwan, Winona and Yellow Medicine counties, who incurred losses caused by blizzard, excessive snow, excessive rain and high winds from Jan. 28, through March 23. Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses only, including the loss of buildings and livestock. Applications are due Dec. 9.

Producers in the contiguous Minnesota counties of Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Carver, Clearwater, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Goodhue, Grant, Houston, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Marshall, Morrison, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Pennington, Pipestone, Red Lake, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sherburne, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Waseca and Wright, along with Emmet, Howard, Kossuth, Mitchell, Winnebago and Worth counties in Iowa, Grand Forks and Traill counties in North Dakota, Deuel and Grant counties in South Dakota, and Buffalo, La Crosse, Pepin and Trempealeau counties in Wisconsin, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses.

For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs or to find your local USDA Service Center visit www.farmers.gov/recover.

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