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Farms eligible for emergency loans due to losses from blizzards

April 27, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Charles C. Cawley, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency, has announced that eligible Maryland farmers have been approved to receive emergency loans due to blizzard conditions from three storms that occurred from Jan. 30 to Feb. 10.

Farms in the following counties are eligible: Allegany, Dorchester, Howard, Somerset, Anne Arundel, Frederick, Montgomery, Washington, Caroline, Garrett, Prince George's, Wicomico, Cecil, Harford, Queen Anne's and Worcester.

In addition, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Charles, Kent and Talbot counties and the independent city of Baltimore are named as contiguous disaster areas where eligible family farmers might qualify for FSA emergency physical loss loan assistance, pursuant to section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.

Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania and Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties in West Virginia also are eligible.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

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For more information, call 301-797-0500, ext. 2, or go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

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