Severe drought conditions prompted the United States Department of Agriculture to issue a primary disaster declaration for Clark County.
The area has experienced for more than eight weeks.
Butte, Fremont, Jefferson and Lemhi counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. The agency will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
“During times of drought like Clark County is experiencing, every drop of irrigation water is worth its weight in gold," said Aaron Johnson, Acting State Executive Director for FSA in Idaho. “We hope the water holds out until the end of the growing season but want growers to know that if they suffer a loss due to the extreme drought FSA has programs in place to help.”
Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online here