USDA declares SLO County agriculture disaster area
May 8, 2013
The United States Department of Agriculture has declared San Luis Obispo County an agricultural disaster area due to a recent drought.
On April 10, the USDA designated San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties as primary natural disaster areas because of a drought that lasted from February 12 to April 8.
As a result of the designation, farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations in the two counties can apply for low interest loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency. The Farm Service Agency will make the special loans up to a maximum of $500,000 available until December 10.
“Our hearts go out to those California farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disaster,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times.”
The USDA also designated six counties surrounding San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties as contiguous agricultural disaster areas. Farmers and ranchers in Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Benito, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties can also apply for low-interest loans.