USDA Declares Disaster Designation for Ohio Counties

Primary and Contiguous “Disaster Designated” Counties in Ohio May be Eligible for Emergency Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal assistance is available for Ohio farmers and agricultural producers who experienced crop or production loss due to severe weather from Feb. 2 – July 31, 2011. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined a primary disaster designation for 49 counties due to excessive rain, flash flooding, high winds, excessive heat, and tornadoes. In addition to the 49 primary counties, 38 other Ohio counties are also designated as contiguous disaster counties.

"Ohio producers whose livelihood is threatened by no fault of their own deserve relief,” said Brown. “The USDA disaster designation is the right decision for Ohio’s farmers and for our state’s largest industry.”

With this disaster designation, primary and contiguous counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for emergency loans (EM) as well as the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in the counties have eight months from the date of disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. For more information, contact a local FSA office or click here.

PRIMARY DISASTER DESIGNATED COUNTIES:

Adams

Fairfield

Jackson

Morgan

Stark

Allen

Franklin

Lake

Muskingum

Summit

Ashtabula

Gallia

Lawrence

Noble

Trumbull

Athens

Geauga

Licking

Ottawa

Tuscarawas

Belmont

Greene

Logan

Paulding

Van Wert

Butler

Guernsey

Lorain

Perry

Vinton

Champaign

Hamilton

Lucas

Portage

Warren

Clinton

Hardin

Medina

Putnam

Washington

Coshocton

Highland

Mercer

Sandusky

Wayne

Crawford

Hocking

Monroe

Seneca

 

CONTIGUOUS DISASTER DESIGNATED COUNTIES:

Ashland

Darke

Henry

Meigs

Ross

Auglaize

Defiance

Holmes

Miami

Scioto

Brown

Delaware

Huron

Montgomery

Shelby

Carroll

Erie

Jefferson

Morrow

Union

Clark

Fayette

Knox

Pickaway

Wood

Clermont

Fulton

Madison

Pike

Wyandot

Columbia

Hancock

Mahoning

Preble

 

Cuyahoga

Harrison

Marion

Richland

In March, Brown addressed the Ohio Farm Bureau in Washington, D.C, where he announced his plans for the ‘Grown in Ohio’ tour. At that speech, Brown outlined priorities for economic development and job growth in Ohio’s agricultural industry. Brown has held more than 190 roundtables throughout the state—including four ‘Grown in Ohio’ listening tour stops—and he is the first Ohioan to serve on both the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee. Agriculture is still Ohio’s largest industry.

 

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