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March 6 flood deadline to seek flood-damage aid

February 27, 2007

Farmers in Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland and those in Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for emergency loan assistance, according to the Farm Service Agency.

They qualify because of the heavy rains that caused flooding last summer from June 23 through July 10, particularly in Franklin County.

There was lighter flooding here, especially along the Antietam and Licking creeks.

Now, those farmers can apply for damages and losses that resulted, according to J. Alan Young IV, farm loan manager for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Hagerstown.

The deadline to apply is March 6, Young said.

All qualified farm operators are eligible for EM loans, provided eligibility requirements are met, Young said.

He said FSA will consider each loan application on its own, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

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FSA also has other programs available to help farmers recover from adversity, Young said.

Farmers can call their local FSA office for more information and application procedures. In Washington County, the number is 301-797-0500, ext. 2.

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