Emergency designation for 2019 flooding covers most South Dakota counties
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 28 South Dakota counties as primary natural disaster areas. It means producers with flooding and excessive moisture losses from 2019 might be eligible for USDA emergency loans. Along with eligible contiguous counties, the designation includes 53 South Dakota counties spanning from Wyoming to Minnesota, and from North Dakota to Nebraska.
The designation allows producers to get emergency credit to recover from last year’s heavy rain. The money can be used to replace essential equipment or livestock, or to refinance certain debts.
The South Dakota counties with the primary natural disaster designation include Beadle, Bennett, Campbell, Corson, Custer, Day, Dewey, Edmunds, Fall River, Faulk, Haakon, Hughes, Jackson, Jerauld, Lake, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Minnehaha, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Walworth, and Ziebach.
Producers in the contiguous South Dakota counties of Aurora, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Clark, Codington, Davison, Grant, Hand, Hanson, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jones, Kingsbury, Lincoln, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Miner, Pennington, Perkins, Potter, Todd, and Turner, along with Lyon County in Iowa, Big Stone, Lincoln, Pipestone, Rock, and Traverse counties in Minnesota, Cherry, Dawes, Sheridan, and Sioux counties in Nebraska, Adams, Emmons, Richland, Sioux, Dickey, McIntosh, and Sargent counties in North Dakota, and Niobrara and Weston counties in Wyoming, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. The deadline to apply is Dec. 14, 2020.
Farmers can contact their local USDA service center for more information on eligibility and application procedures. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.