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Disaster relief for farmers, ranchers

For losses occurred during winter storms

Recent disaster designations for seven Washington counties, as declared by President Obama, have triggered availability of low-interest loans for farmers and ranchers who suffered losses due to winter storms, floods, mudslides and landslides.

Agricultural producers in Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties may be eligible for emergency loans to help repair damages.

Producers who suffered losses in the designated and contiguous counties may qualify for FSA emergency loans with 3.75 percent interest. FSA is accepting loan applications in county offices until Oct. 6, 2009.

Applicants must be US citizens or noncitizens who have been legally admitted for permanent residence, must be established farmers and must have suffered an agricultural loss due to the disaster named in the designation.

For more information call the Farm Service Agency at (509) 454-5746.


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