U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week designated five Wyoming counties as primary and five contiguous Colorado counties, including Weld, as natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.
The disaster incident period began June 5.
Other contiguous Colorado disaster counties in this designation include Larimer, Jackson, Moffat and Routt.
This designation makes all family-sized farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.
The FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements.
For more information, call the FSA office in Weld County at (970) 356-8097 ext. 2.