Larsen announces farmers can apply for federal disaster support

Farmers in 15 Washington counties, including Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish, are eligible to apply for federal disaster support due to production losses caused by severe and unusual weather in 2011, Rep. Rick Larsen announced today.

The 15 counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of excessive rain, flooding, below normal temperatures, high winds, frosts and freezes throughout 2011.

“Farmers who were hit with production losses because of severe weather last year should contact their local Farm Service Agency office to report their losses and file for support they are eligible for,” Larsen said in a press release. “Farmers who need guidance or assistance can also contact my office in Everett at 425-252-3188.”

Farmers suffering from production losses due to the weather challenges may apply for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

To learn more or file a claim contact the following Farm Service Agency office in Whatcom County: http://go.usa.gov/nU5.

For more information on the Farm Service Agency loan program visit: http://go.usa.gov/nUK. For information on the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program visit: http://go.usa.gov/nUk.

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