DENVER – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has good news for Colorado farmers. Vilsack notified Gov. Hickenlooper that 12 counties in Colorado qualify for federal disaster relief due to recent drought conditions.
The ongoing drought conditions qualify six of the counties as primary natural disaster areas. These include: Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Montezuma, Ouray and San Miguel. Six more were declared as contiguous counties. These include: Archuleta, Gunnison, Mineral, Montrose, Saguache and San Juan.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans are included in the federal disaster relief. There is an eight month eligibility period for farmers in the impacted counties to apply for emergency loan assistance.
Each emergency loan application will be reviewed by the FSA on a case by case basis. Factors which will be considered include the magnitude of production losses, security available and the farmers ability to pay back loans.