United States Department of Agriculture April 5, 2017
United States Department of Agriculture
April 5, 2017
The Honorable Tom Wolf
State of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Dear Governor Wolf:
Office of the Secretary
Washington, D.C., 20250
On March 9, 2017, the Pennsylvania Acting State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, requested a primary county disaster designation for 14 Pennsylvania counties due to losses caused by drought that occurred from May 1, 2016 through December 10, 2016.
In addition, in accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, counties in adjacent States are named as contiguous disaster areas. Those New Jersey counties are:
The primary county disaster designation Pennsylvania counties are:
USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial Natural disaster designation. Therefore, I am designating all 14 counties named above as primary natural disaster areas.
In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of your State are named as contiguous disaster counties. Those counties are:
In addition, in accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, counties in adjacent States are named as contiguous disaster areas. Along with New Jersey, other states, counties, and numbers for contiguous counties in adjacent states are:
West Virginia (1)
A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguos to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.
Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm, and the security and repayment ability of the operator.
Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information.
Michael L. Young
Acting Deputy Secretary