USDA Designates 13 Counties as Primary Disaster Areas Due to Hurricane Zeta

Date: December 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 13 Alabama counties as primary disaster areas, due to damage and losses caused by Hurricane Zeta that occurred Oct. 28-29

In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of Alabama and adjacent states also have been named as contiguous disaster counties.

The secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Click here to learn more. 

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator. Visit the USDA’s website to find your local Farm Service Agency office.

Primary Counties in Alabama

Autauga, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox

Contiguous Counties in Alabama

Baldwin, Bibb, Butler, Calhoun, Cleburne, Conecuh, Coosa, Crenshaw, DeKalb, Escambia, Etowah, Greene, Hale, Macon, Montgomery, Shelby, Perry, Sumter & Tallapoosa

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