Nineteen counties in Mississippi have been designated as major Hurricane Ida natural disaster areas by President Joe Biden. Producers in these counties may be eligible for emergency loans from the Agricultural Services Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.
The natural disaster designation allows the FSA to provide much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters such as the hurricane that hit the region from August 28 to September. 1. Emergency loans can be used to meet a variety of needs such as replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farm, or refinancing certain debts.
The main counties affected are: Lincoln, Lawrence, Copiah, Franklin, Amite, Jefferson, Pike, Walthall, Jefferson Davis, Claiborne, Covington, George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Simpson, Wayne and Wilkinson.
Producers from the following contiguous counties are also eligible: Adams, Clarke, Forrest, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Perry, Rankin, Smith, Stone and Warren.
The deadline to apply for these loans is June 22, 2022. The FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, available security and repayment capacity.
FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Aid Program for Livestock, Bees and Farmed Fish; Emergency conservation program; Cattle Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Compensation Program; Farm operating and property loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.
Farmers can contact their local USDA service center for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at www.farmers.gov/recover.