Six South Carolina Counties Designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Dan Drought, Industry News Release

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Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties Also Available

(USDA/FSA) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six South Carolina counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Bamberg, Calhoun, Kershaw, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans

This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. 

Producers in the contiguous South Carolina counties of Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Berkeley, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Hampton, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Saluda, and Sumter are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 24, 2020. 

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish ProgramEmergency Conservation ProgramLivestock Forage Disaster ProgramLivestock Indemnity ProgramOperating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program

Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at

Source: USDA/Farm Service Agency