Gov. Mary Fallin asked the USDA to issue a disaster declaration last month in order to help farmers suffering from wildfires and drought. The USDA announced today that 74 Oklahoma counties will be covered. Nowata, Craig and Ottawa counties are not.
According to a USDA release, a Secretarial disaster designation makes farmers in designated counties eligible to be considered for federal assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). That assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in designated counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. Farmers interested in requesting additional information should contact their local FSA office.
The Canadian County office is located at 1625 Highway 66 in El Reno. The Kingfisher County office is located at 1600 S 13TH St. in Kingfisher.
Following the disaster declaration announcement, Fallin said the move by the USDA will give much needed assistance to local farmers who have suffered through one of the worst years for drought on record.
“The weather has made this an extremely tough year for Oklahoma farmers,” Fallin said. “This declaration will help those who have been hard hit by drought and other bad conditions to get the assistance they need.”