Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Reservation has been designated as a primary natural disaster due to losses caused by drought, high winds, excessive heat and wildfires this year.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that farmers and ranchers in Apache, Navajo, Gila, Pinal, Graham and Greenlee counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided that eligibility requirements are met.
Farmers in eligible counties now have eight months to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
The farm agency will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.