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.
Impacted Area: South Dakota
Triggering Disaster: Drought that occurred on June 5, 2021 and continuing.
Application Deadline: June 6, 2022
Primary Area Eligible: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Contiguous Counties Also Eligible:
South Dakota: Bennett, Custer, Fall River, Jackson, Mellette, Oglala Lakota, Pennington and Todd
Nebraska: Cherry, Dawes and Sheridan
On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Assistance-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help you determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local USDA Service Center.