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THIRTY-EIGHT FLORIDA COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR USDA EMERGENCY FARM LOANS
NEWS
Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506
                             Release No. EM011.01
                                                 
                       Dann Stuart (202) 690-0474
                      Dan_Stuart@wdc.fsa.usda.gov

THIRTY-EIGHT FLORIDA COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR USDA EMERGENCY
FARM LOANS

      WASHINGTON, February 26, 2001--The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) today named the 38 counties in Florida as
eligible for USDA emergency (EM) farm loans because of
losses caused by floods and freezing temperatures that
occurred from December 1, 2000, January 31, 2001.

     Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Flagler, Hendry,
Hillsborough, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Palm
Beach, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Seminole, and Volusia
Counties were named as primary disaster areas on February
21, 2001.  Also eligible because they are contiguous, are
Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, De Soto, Duval,
Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Manatee,
Marion, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, St. Lucie,
Sarasota, and Sumter Counties.

     This designation makes all qualified family-sized farm
operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible
for low-interest EM loans from the Farm Service Agency
(FSA).  Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from
the date of this declaration to apply for the loans to help
cover part of their actual losses.  FSA will consider each
loan application on its own merits, taking into account the
extent of losses, security available, repayment ability, and
other eligibility requirements.

     FSA has a variety of programs available, in addition
to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers
recover from adversity.  Interested farmers may contact
their local FSA offices for further information on
eligibility requirements and application procedures. 
Additional information is also available online at: 
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/disaster/assistance1.htm

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