Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 31 Tennessee counties, including Lincoln County, as primary natural disaster areas.

Producers who suffered losses caused by prolonged, excessive rainfall and flooding 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 who suffered losses caused by prolonged, excessive rain and flooding that occurred during May 1, 2018, through Feb. 25, 2019, for crop year 2018, in Lincoln, Blount, Bradley, Dickson, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Knox, Lewis, McMinn, Meigs, Perry, Polk, Rhea, Unicoi and Washington counties are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Tennessee counties of Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Decatur, Franklin, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Lawrence, Loudon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore, Roane, Sequatchie, Sevier, Stewart, Sullivan, Union, Wayne and Williamson, along with Lauderdale, Limestone and Madison counties in Alabama, Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties in Georgia and Cherokee, Graham, Madison, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey counties in North Carolina are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers who suffered losses caused by prolonged, excessive rain and flooding that occurred during May 1, 2018, through Feb. 25, 2019, for crop year 2019, in Anderson, Bradley, Campbell, Davidson, Hamilton, Polk, Rhea, Robertson, Unicoi and Washington are eligible to apply for emergency loans.

Producers in the contiguous Tennessee counties of Bledsoe, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, Cumberland, Greene, Hawkins, Knox, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sequatchie, Sullivan, Sumner, Union, Williamson and Wilson, along with Catoosa, Dade, Fannin, Murray, Walker and Whitfield counties in Georgia, Logan, McCreary, Simpson, Todd and Whitley counties in Kentucky and Cherokee, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties in North Carolina are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.

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