Historical archive Covering the May 12, 2000 "St. Nazianz Storm" and Recovery
MADISON, WI, June 6, 2000 -- Doug Caruso, state director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced today that emergency loans are now available to farmers in 24 Wisconsin counties that suffered significant physical damages due to severe storms that occurred from May 8, 2000 through May 12, 2000.
The Wisconsin Counties eligible for emergency loans are Adams, Brown, Calumet, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. Farmers in two Illinois counties - Stephenson and Winnebago - are also eligible under this declaration.
‘Farmers in these counties were hit hard with excessive rain, high winds and hail over a five-day period in early May," Caruso said. "These low-interest emergency loans will help affected farmers fix or rebuild essential farm buildings, dwellings, structures or machinery that was severely damaged in these storms,"
Emergency loans, at an interest rate of 3.75 percent, may be made to any family farmer with qualifying losses in the 24 Wisconsin counties and two Illinois counties named in Natural Disaster Declaration N654,
Approval is limited to applicants who suffered severe physical losses caused by:
Loan applications will be accepted through January 31, 2001.
Interested farmers in the designated counties should contact FSA personnel at their local USDA Service Center for more information and application forms.
United States Department of Agriculture
Media inquiries only: Susan Hunter 608-276-8732 ext 141
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For Immediate ReleaseJune 12, 2000
Contacts: Doug Caruso, (608) 276-8732 Ext. 100
EMERGENCY LOANS TO COVER REPLANTING AND OTHER COSTS DUE TO FLOODING
MADISON, WI, June 12, 2000 -- Wisconsin producers hit by severe storms in counties approved for emergency physical loss loans can also use loan funds to replant crops, replace livestock and replace supplies lost due to flooding, according to Doug Caruso, state director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).
"In addition to providing loans to affected farmers to repair or rebuild essential farm buildings, dwellings, structures or machinery severely damaged in these storms as was previously announced," Caruso said, "these low-interest emergency loans at 3.75 percent can also be used for replanting flooded crops and other physical losses listed below:
To date, 24 Wisconsin counties are eligible for emergency loans due to storms that occurred May 8 through May 12. The affected counties are Adams, Brown, Calumet, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. Farmers in two Illinois counties - Stephenson and Winnebago - are also eligible under this declaration.
State director Doug Caruso has also requested a disaster declaration for the southern third of the state that would enable farmers who suffered losses in the May 31 - June 4 storms to obtain low-interest emergency loans. The state's request was submitted to the FSA Administrator in Washington.
"I am quite confident that our request will be approved, given the extent of the losses suffered by our farmers from these storms," Caruso said. "However, the review of the weather and loss data by officials in Washington may take a week or more. Hopefully, we will receive the declaration and be able to begin processing loan applications soon."
Interested farmers who need to replant or who suffered physical losses to farm buildings, equipment or livestock in the above mentioned storms should contact FSA personnel at their local USDA Service Center for more information and application forms.
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