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29 counties declared primary natural disaster areas by USDA

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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – Governor Nikki Haley announced Wednesday that Thomas J. Vilsack, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary, has issued a disaster designation for South Carolina counties that suffered damage and losses from flooding and heavy rains. According to a news release from the South Carolina Governor’s Press Office, on October 19 Governor Haley requested the disaster designation.

The secretarial disaster designation allows farm operators in primary counties and contiguous counties to be eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

FSA emergency loans are included in the assistance. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the day of a secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans, the release states. FSA deliberates each emergency loan application on a case-by-case basis; the extent of production losses on each farm as well as the operator’s security and repayment ability are taken into account.

Local FSA offices, managed by the South Carolina State Executive Director of the FSA, can provide more information to affected farmers.

After the USDA determined adequate production losses had occurred, the following 29 counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas:

Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Chester, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lancaster, Laurens, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter and Williamsburg

The following 13 counties have been named as contiguous disaster counties:

Abbeville, Anderson, Beaufort, Charleston, Chesterfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Hampton, McCormick, Marlboro, Spartanburg, Union, York

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