Heartland counties included in Presidential Disaster Declaration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated a number of heartland counties as natural disasters.

A good part of the viewing area in Iowa was designated as natural disasters and because of that, some Missouri counties have been declared as well.

The counties included in the Presidential Disaster Declaration for 19 Iowa counties impacted by Aprilâ??s severe weather include Appanoose, Davis, Van buren and Wapello.

Clark, Putnam, Schuyler and Scotland counties in Missouri are contiguous to counties in Iowa that have been declared primary disasters because of severe weather that occurred from April 17 to April 30, 2013.

Farmers in those counties who suffered qualified losses are eligible for low-interest loans and other federal assistance.

A disaster designation allows eligible farmers to be considered for assistance from the USDA Farm Service Agency, including FSA emergency loans.

In addition to keeping an eye on crops and livestock, producers should document any losses or additional costs as a result of the weather during those dates. That information is often required for producers to be eligible for physical and/or production loss loan assistance from the FSA, as well as other assistance programs.

If you are in one of the designated counties and were affected by severe weather in mid to late April, contact your local FSA office for more information.