Arkansas counties designated ‘primary natural disaster’ areas

This disaster designation allows the USDA to provide emergency loans to growers recovering from a natural disaster.

ARKANSAS, USA — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 20 Arkansas counties as “primary natural disaster” areas.

This disaster designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide emergency credit to growers recovering from a natural disaster through emergency loans.

Emergency loans can be used to meet a variety of recovery needs, including replacing critical items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farm operation, or refinancing certain debts. Our Talk Business & Politics partners say the FSA will review loans based on the extent of losses, available security and ability to repay.

According to the US Drought Monitor, the following counties suffered drought effects ranging from severe to exceptional.

Major eligible counties include:

With Searcy, Carroll, Independence, Marion, Stone, Clay, Izard, Newton, Van Buren, Cleburne, Johnson, Polk, Conway, Lawrence, Pope, Boone and Faulkner.

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Eligible contiguous counties include:

As well as Baxter, Greene, Montgomery, Scott, Craighead, Howard, Perry, Sevier, Crawford, Jackson, Pike, Sharp, Franklin, Logan, Pulaski, White, Fulton, Lonoke, Randolph and Yell counties.

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