Morehouse, Richland, Union and West Carroll parishes are declared primary natural disaster areas. The seven parishes named as contiguous disaster areas are: Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Lincoln, Madison and Ouachita.
“It’s unfortunate that our farmers need this type of assistance, but we are grateful it exists. You can’t control mother nature, but we are glad to see our farmers get the assistance they need to alleviate some of the hardship,” Commissioner Mike Strain said.
The USDA reports 63 percent of the nation’s hay acreage and about 73 percent of cattle acreage are in areas experiencing drought. About 87 percent of the U.S. corn and 85 percent of the soybeans are included in the drought areas.
A federal disaster designation makes farm operators in primary and contiguous areas eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes low interest FSA emergency loans.
Farmers and ranchers can get more information from their local FSA offices.