Loans available for snow damage

MIFFLINTOWN – Effective March 14, the Department of Agriculture has declared 13 Pennsylvania counties as primary disaster areas due to physical losses caused by excessive snow that occurred from February 3, 2014 through February 21. The Primary counties in Pennsylvania include Bucks, Fulton, Lehigh, Montgomery, Carbon, Juniata, Mifflin, Northampton, Chester, Lancaster, Monroe, Schuylkill and Franklin.

In addition to these 13 counties, 19 additional Pennsylvania counties are named as contiguous disaster areas where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA Emergency Loan assistance for physical losses. Those counties include Adams, Columbia, Huntingdon, Northampton, Snyder, Bedford, Cumberland, Lacawana, Perry, Union, Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Philadelphia, Centre, Delaware, Luzerne, Wayne and Pike.

Eligible family farmers may qualify for Farm Service Agency, (FSA) Emergency (EM) Loans. This action is based on physical losses caused by excessive snow. Damages incurred by these conditions must have taken place during the above mentioned period. Applications may now be received for physical losses, up to the close of business on March 31. For more information, contact the Farm Service Agency just off the Arch Rock Exit in Mifflintown or call 717-436-8953.