The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 53 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers who suffered losses due to excessive rainfall and flooding that has been going on since March 9 are eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. 

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said Missouri counties falling under the primary natural disaster designation are: Adair, Audrain, Bates, Boone, Butler, Caldwell, Callaway, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Clark, Clay, Cole, Cooper, Daviess, DeKalb, Franklin, Gasconade, Grundy, Harrison, Howard, Jasper, Jefferson, Knox, Laclede, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, McDonald, Maries, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Newton, Osage, Pettis, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, St. Charles, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, Stoddard, Vernon, Warren and Wright. 

“This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters,” Perdue said. “Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.”

Producers in the contiguous Missouri counties of Andrew, Barry, Barton, Benton, Bollinger, Buchanan, Carroll, Carter, Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clinton, Crawford, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Dunklin, Gentry, Greene, Henry, Hickory, Jackson, Johnson, Lewis, Macon, Mississippi, Morgan, New Madrid, Perry, Phelps, Platte, Ralls, Ray, Ripley, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis, Saline, Stone, Sullivan, Texas, Washington, Wayne, Webster, and Worth, along with Benton and Clay counties in Arkansas; Adams, Alexander, Calhoun, Hancock, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Pike and Union counties in Illinois; Appanoose, Davis, Decatur, Lee, Ringgold, Van Buren, and Wayne counties in Iowa; Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas; and Delaware and Ottawa counties in Oklahoma, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. 

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is April 7, 2020. 

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. 

The agency has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA Programs not requiring a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans and the Tree Assistance Program. 

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs, Perdue said, and additional information is available online at farmers.gov/recover.