USDA declares disaster designation for 50 Alabama counties - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

USDA makes disaster declaration for 50 AL counties

Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The United States Department of Agriculture is issuing a disaster declaration for 50 counties in Alabama due to excessive rain and flooding since the beginning of the year.

The primary counties are: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Cleburne, Cherokee, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Macon ,Madison, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Pike, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Washington, Russell, and Wilcox.

In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of Alabama are named as contiguous disaster counties. Those counties are: Bibb, Butler, Chambers, Clay, Coffee, Colbert, Conecuh, DeKalb, Escambia, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Marion, Marshall, Randolph, Winston.

This has been one of the rainiest years on record and so many farmers experienced significant losses," said Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries John McMillan. "We are encouraged that the secretary [Thomas Vilsack] honored our request and is now offering necessary assistance."

Assistance is now being made available to farmers in each of the affected counties and will include access to FSA emergency loans. Those farmers affected have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration (September 18, 2013) to apply for emergency loans.

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information clink HERE to find a local USDA service center's contact information.

INFORMATION SOURCE: USDA/Alabama Dept. of Agriculture

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Single digits overnight; icy roads

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Single digits overnight; icy roads

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 12:12 AM EST2018-01-17 05:12:14 GMT

    The snow will end this evening with much colder temperatures moving in.

    More >>

    The snow will end this evening with much colder temperatures moving in.

    More >>
  • Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Snow Day in the Valley: January 16, 2018

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 12:42 PM EST2018-01-16 17:42:11 GMT
    (Source: Shannon Anderson)(Source: Shannon Anderson)

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>

    School and business closures led to a morning of fun in the snow for some across the Tennessee Valley. These are some of our favorite shots of the day so far. You can send us your own photos/video by posting them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and including the #WAFF48 tag. Alternatively, you can upload your pictures here: http://pix.waff.com/ Limestone County, Ala. - Commission Turning white at Ingall's Harbor. pic.twitter.com/2fPc270aS5 — Decatur Parks & Rec ...

    More >>
  • Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Teen arrested in Madison hotel shooting

    Monday, January 15 2018 4:38 PM EST2018-01-15 21:38:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>

    Madison police have arrested an 18-year-old in connection to the weekend shooting at Country Inn & Suites on Westchester Drive.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly