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In November 2019, the USDA formally approved 43 Michigan counties as “primary” natural disaster areas, due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, and abnormally cold temperatures that occurred from March 1 and continued through fall harvest. According to a letter from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the disaster assistance will consist of FSA emergency loans. “Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans.”
In other recent news, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Michigan as a result of the freeze from Jan. 1 through April 30, 2019. To read more about the eligible counties, visit these articles from Michigan Farm News: http://bit.ly/30KvKht and http://bit.ly/30ONNDx.