USDA’s Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager and Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse toured flooded areas in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri, meeting with those affected by recent disasters. According to Scuse, - our first-hand assessments will allow us to identify the unique farm safety net and rural community development needs of the impacted region.
USDA's Farm Service Agency provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to natural disasters. Producers will be eligible for these loans as soon as their county is declared a Presidential or Secretarial disaster county.
In rural communities, USDA's Rural Development will continue to work with existing individual and community borrowers that have been affected by a natural disaster to help them with their loans. With respect to loans guaranteed by Rural Development, borrowers should initially contact their lender for assistance.
USDA's Risk Management Agency reminds producers faced with questions on prevented planting, replant, or crop losses this spring to contact their crop insurance agent for more information.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service administers the Emergency Watershed Protection program, which provides assistance to areas that have been damaged by natural disasters, such as floods, windstorms, drought, and wildfires.