23 Missouri Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 23 counties in Missouri as primary natural disaster areas after historic flooding, excessive rain and high winds caused severe agricultural damage.
Damage and losses affected wheat, forage, corn, cotton, rice and soybean crops.
The flooding and other natural disasters caused 30 percent or more of crop loss in the following counties:
Bollinger, Butler, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Hickory, Howell, Laclede, Maries, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard
The following counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:
Benton, Callaway, Carter, Cole, Crawford, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Miller, Montgomery, Morgan, Ozark, Phelps, Polk, Shannon, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, St. Louis, Texas, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wright
All qualified farm operators in these areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency. Farmers have eight months to apply for loans to help cover part of their losses.