Farmers in 105 Missouri counties impacted by severe weather eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance

Posted August 27, 2015 at 8:39 am

Farmers in 105 Missouri counties that suffered losses from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from mid-May to late July are now eligible for low-interest loans and other federal assistance for those losses, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. That eligibility comes after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a natural disaster area designation on Aug. 18.

“The scope of this declaration by USDA demonstrates how the severe weather most of Missouri experienced earlier this spring and summer hit farmers especially hard,” Gov. Nixon said.

A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), including FSA emergency loans. Affected farmers can contact their local FSA office for more information.

The counties where farmers will be eligible for assistance are Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Bates,

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    CHAPTER DEGREES AWARDED

    Chapter Degree Recipients are: Ashley Brown, Justin Johnson, Mckensi Marshall, Rebeca Posey, Steven Taylor, Kylee Tomason, Chandler Allison, Colby Charles, Logan Perridon, Claire Silvers, Hesston Stark, Chandra Bettis, Shelby Barger, Karlee Collins, Jake Hillsman, Morgan Sumner. Photo submitted by FFA Historiesn Makenzie Schwalm and Jaynee Beaty