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February 5, 2016
Federal Disaster Designations for Halifax, Henry, Pittsylvania Counties
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued contiguous disaster designations for three Virginia counties because they border counties in North Carolina that received primary disaster declarations. Farmers in Halifax, Henry and Pittsylvania counties may now apply for emergency loan assistance from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merit, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information. See fsa.usda.gov and search for “Virginia.”


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