USDA natural disaster assistance in Michigan

U.S. Department of Agriculture designates 24 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas and offers assistance through Farm Service Agency.

As of Nov. 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 24 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by multiple natural disasters that occurred during the 2015 crop year. Farmers and ranchers in these counties and in counties that border them (including two counties in Ohio) qualify for natural disaster assistance through the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Applications must be received within eight months of the date of the declaration.

Counties are grouped by two separate designations. Designation 1 includes 15 counties that suffered losses due to excessive rain, flooding, hail and high winds that occurred from April 1, 2015, through Aug. 17, 2015. These counties are Bay, Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Jackson, Lenawee, Macomb, Midland, Monroe, Ottawa, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne. Farmers and ranchers in counties that border any of these counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are Allegan, Arenac, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Muskegon, Oakland, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Saginaw, St, Joseph, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola. Farmers and ranchers in Fulton and Lucas counties in Ohio also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Designation 2 includes nine counties that suffered damages and losses caused by drought, excessive rain, hail and high winds occurring from April 1, 2015, through Sept. 10, 2015. These counties are Alcona, Antrim, Chippewa, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Montmorency and Otsego. Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties are Alger, Alpena, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle, Schoolcraft and Wexford.

The declaration can be viewed here: USDA Designates 24 Counties in Michigan as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Ohio.

For more information about the Farm Service Agency’s disaster assistance programs, visit your local Farm Service Agency or the USDA Disaster Assistance Program website.

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