Governor Lamont Announces that the United States Department of Agriculture Designates New London and Windham Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas Due to Drought
Counties of Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland designated as contiguous counties; Farmers in approved areas are eligible to apply for emergency loans due to production losses
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that he has received notification from United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack that New London and Windham counties have been designated by the federal agency as major natural disaster areas due to recent drought. Additionally, the counties of Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland were designated as contiguous counties under the declaration.
The designation makes farmers in primary counties and counties contiguous to those primary counties eligible to be considered for some assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided the eligibility requirements are met. This help includes emergency loans from the FSA. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of declaration to apply for emergency loans. The FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the safety and repayment of the farmer.
“This ongoing drought has certainly caused a great many production losses for Connecticut farmers, and this federal designation will provide much-needed financial assistance to our agriculture industry and the jobs it supports,” Governor Lamont said. “I appreciate Secretary Vilsack and the Biden administration for approving this designation. I strongly encourage all farmers in these designated counties who have suffered losses to contact their local Agricultural Service Agency office for information about help that may be available.
“Agricultural producers in Connecticut continue to face unpredictable weather, from flooding to drought,” Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt said. “We encourage all growers to report losses to their local FSA office, as this data is essential for receiving disaster declarations, which provide the resources needed to ensure the viability of agriculture in our state for the seasons to come. come.”
Farmers interested in applying for the aid must contact their local agricultural service agency office.
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