WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated five counties in Kansas as primary disaster areas due to production losses caused by the recent drought.
“As I travel throughout Kansas, I can see the devastating impact of the drought,” Sen. Moran said. “By declaring these counties agricultural disaster areas, farmers and ranchers in the affected counties will become eligible for USDA emergency loans. This assistance will enable agricultural operations to continue across our state, in spite of the exceedingly dry conditions.”
The counties designated disaster areas are: Butler, Kingman, Reno, Sedgwick and Harvey.
Farmers and ranchers in the following 12 counties in Kansas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous: Barber, Chase, Cowley, Elk, Greenwood, Harper, McPherson, Marion, Pratt, Rice, Stafford and Sumner.
These counties were all designated natural disaster areas on May 7, 2014, and will now be eligible for important disaster programs, such as the emergency loan program administrated by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. These programs will help the farmers and ranchers of Kansas make it through one of the most difficult growing seasons on record.
Affected farmers should contact their local FSA office for more information: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/ks/
Sen. Moran is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.