WASHINGTON — This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these counties suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of 1) D2 Drought-Severe for 8 or more consecutive weeks or 2) D3 Drought-Extreme or D4 Drought-Exceptional.
Impacted Area: South Dakota
Triggering Disaster: Drought
Application Deadline: June 15, 2023
Primary Counties Eligible: Bennett
Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:
South Dakota: Jackson, Mellette, Oglala Lakota and Todd
Nebraska: Cherry and Sheridan
— USDA FSA