The U. S. Department of Agriculture has named three counties in South Carolina “primary natural disaster areas’ after a freeze that occurred from March 4, 2014, through April 17, 2014.
Cherokee, Greenville and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina as primary natural disaster areas, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible to request low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
According to the USDA, farmers and ranchers in Abbeville, Anderson, Laurens, Pickens, Union and York counties in South Carolina also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from today to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will take into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.
“Our hearts go out to those South Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.