We’ve previously discussed the meaning of a USDA disaster area declaration. Briefly, a disaster area designation permits producers to access certain USDA programs, such as low interest emergency loans. Producers have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Also note that counties contiguous to the counties named as disaster areas qualify for disaster assistance.
On May 28, 2014, the USDA designated 18 Nebraska counties as primary disaster areas due to drought conditions. The primary disaster counties are:
As a result, 19 other Nebraska counties contiguous counties. The contiguous counties are:
Also note that Sedgwick County in Colorado and Decatur and Norton counties in Kansas are also contiguous counties and therefore eligible for assistance.
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