Adams, Belmont, Guernsey, Highland, Madison, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Butler, Hamilton, Knox, Warren, Defiance, Fayette and Logan counties are also among the primary disaster areas because of excessive rain and flooding ranging from October 2018 through September.
Producers who had losses because of the excessive rain and flooding may be eligible for USDA emergency loans. The contiguous counties designated as secondary natural disaster areas include Montgomery, Darke, Greene, Ashtabula, Brown, Carroll, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Franklin, Geauga, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Logan, Mahoning, Medina, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Tuscarawas, Union, Washington and Wayne.
Farmers in those counties are also eligible to apply for the loans, which will cover the actual cost of production loss of up to $500,000.
Interest rates change, but are currently at 3.5 %, a higher rate than other USDA loan types.
The deadline to apply is June 3, 2020. The Farm Services Administration will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability, according to the statement.
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