Rep. McCombie Reminds Farmers of Emergency Help in Light of Declared State Agriculture Disaster

State Representative Tony McCombie is informing farmers in the 71st district about the Farm Service Agency (FSA) low-interest loans available to those who qualify. The U.S. Agriculture Secretary recently declared an agricultural disaster in Illinois immediately triggering the availability of low-interest loans to farmers.

Heavy rains during the planting season have caused costs to rise during this year. Farmers have only partially planted their fields, and stand to lose money on the back end of the season from lower yields or lower prices. The disaster declaration enables our farming families to access low-interest loans to help them through this difficult time.

The emergency loan program is triggered when a natural disaster is designated by the Secretary of Agriculture or a natural disaster or emergency is declared by the President.

These loans help producers who suffer qualifying farm related losses directly caused by the disaster in a county declared or designated as a primary disaster or quarantine area.

These low-interest loans may be used to restore or replace essential property, cover production costs, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the family farm or refinance certain non-real estate operating debts.

For more information, visit the USDA web site at: