Disaster Proclamation Issued For Several SW Minn. Counties Due To Extreme Moisture March 12th-Nov. 11th, 2019

Thu 3-5-2020

(Jackson, Mn.)-- A disaster proclamation has been granted for several counties in southwest Minnesota due to extreme wet weather that occurred from March 12th through November 11th, 2019. Linda Stuckebroker of the Jackson County Farm Service Agency says Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles counties are listed a primary counties that were affected in the proclamation that was approved February 19th. She says producers in those counties and ones contiguous to them who sustained losses will be able to apply for assistance...Stuckenbroker01 

"An emergency loan application will be received through October 19th for physical and production losses and for determining loan security for those loan applications, the beginning date is March 12th. So If they are struggling with getting financing and they need an emergency loan they can contact our loan officers in either Worthington or Blue Earth and Mankato."

Stokenbroker says producers in the affected counties will also be able to apply for assistance through the WHIP, or Wind, Fire, Hurricane Incentive Payment as excess moisture is now being added as an eligbility factor...Stuckenbroker02 

"Previously it only applied to flooding. So producers that had excessive moisture, this opens a little bit more of a door for eligibility for disasters that was specifically excess moisture. Maybe they didn't have flooding, but they had excess moisture. So producers that have been waiting for that designation, they can stop in to the FSA office after March 23rd. Currently we are working on existing WHIP applications and so if a producer did apply in either Cottonwood or Jackson for '18 or '19, you don't need to re-apply."

Producers in the affected counties of Jackson, Cottonwood and Nobles county interested in applying should contact their local FSA office.