ARIZONA, USA — Farmers in Maricopa County may be eligible for help after storms ripped through the Valley in August causing flooding and wind damage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency is offering emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans after the USDA gave designated the county a natural disaster area.
FSA's emergency loan program helps eligible farmers and ranchers rebuild and recover from sustained losses, according to the USDA's website.
The emergency loans can be used to replace essential items such as equipment, livestock, reorganization of farming operations or the refinance of certain debts, according to the USDA.
Contiguous counties also eligible are Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma. Applications are due by May 13, 2022.
Loans will be reviewed by FSA based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability, according to the agency.
- Impacted Area: Arizona
- Triggering Disaster Event: Rain, flash floods and winds that occurred from Aug. 1-13, 2021.
- Application Deadline: May 13, 2022
- Primary County Eligible: Maricopa
- Contiguous Counties Also Eligible: Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma
- More information: fsa.usda.gov
Arizona has seen its fair share of severe weather. Here is a compilation of videos from various storms across the Grand Canyon state.