WASHINGTON (KELO.com) – U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) appreciates the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for designating counties in Minnesota’s First Congressional District an agricultural disaster area including a primary designation for Martin County for losses from rain and flooding that occurred between Apr. 15 through Aug. 17, 2018.
USDA could begin reviewing losses for the 2018 crop year for production loss assessment reports filed by Dec. 17, 2018. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue wrote in a letter to Gov. Tim Walz:
“USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Therefore, I am designating Martin County, Minnesota, as a primary disaster area. In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Blue Earth, Faribault, Jackson, and Watonwan, Minnesota, are named as contiguous disaster counties.”
The USDA also named Emmet and Kossuth Counties in Iowa as contiguous disaster areas.
This disaster designation makes farm operators in affected counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the FSA, including emergency loans.
“When natural disasters strike, our farmers are often the hardest hit,” said Hagedorn. “Because of this disaster designation, southern Minnesota farmers will be able to seek help if they need it due to 2018 losses. The agricultural industry is vital to southern Minnesota and we all want to see it thrive.”
Affected farm operators should contact their local FSA offices for more information about assistance because of the disaster designation.
(MN Representative Jim Hagedorn)