USDA Designation Makes Agricultural Producers Eligible for Disaster Assistance
TOPEKA – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 88 Kansas counties as primary disaster areas and 16 Kansas counties and contiguous disaster areas, making qualified farmers and ranchers in designated counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency. Doniphan County in far Northeast Kansas is the only Kansas county that did not receive a federal disaster declaration.
In order to receive a federal disaster declaration, a county must show a drought intensity value of at least D2 (Drought Severe) for eight consecutive weeks based on measurements by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Nationwide, USDA declared 597 counties in 14 states as primary disaster areas. This is the first federal disaster declaration made by USDA in 2013.
Governor Brownback will meet with the Kansas Drought Response Team on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, to receive updates from key state and federal leaders on the increasing toll the drought is taking on Kansas. As the drought persists, Governor Brownback said it is imperative to continue monitoring precipitation levels, soil moisture content, stream flow and reservoir levels as well crop conditions across the state.