More Pennsylvania Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

After months of hot, dry weather that devastated crops across the commonwealth, additional help is available to farmers in four more Pennsylvania counties following new natural disaster designations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“We appreciate that USDA Secretary Vilsack recognizes the hardships this summer’s weather has placed on our farmers. His designations offer much needed financial assistance to more Pennsylvania farmers,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Agriculture is always a partnership between farmers and Mother Nature, but many farms suffered tremendous drought-related crop loss this summer. We encourage affected farmers to work with the Farm Service Agency service centers in their communities.”

Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, and Elk counties joined the growing list of counties recognized for severe drought lasting eight or more weeks, extreme drought, or exceptional drought conditions.

USDA’s disaster designation means that farm operators in primary and contiguous counties can be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans.

Farmers in eligible counties have eight months following the date of USDA’s declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm, as well as the security and repayment ability of the operator. Redding encouraged farmers to contact their local FSA offices for assistance.

Pennsylvania’s drought-designated counties include: Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Philadelphia, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wayne.


ProAg Quick Links

Agent Toolbox Grower Toolbox Careers

ProAg News

USDA Reports Review

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) for July was met with much skepticism based on the corn numbers. With production 195 million bushels (mb) higher than in June and nearly 375 mb above the average trade estimate, the corn market sloughed off early weakness and closed sharply higher....

Helping wheat, corn producers target fertilizer needs

A few years ago, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Akron, Colorado began noticing a pattern to their wheat harvests: yields were higher in low-lying areas. But it was the extreme variability in yields that surprised the researchers. ...

Grants help rural businesses lower energy costs

Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today encouraged farmers, rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for financing in a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provides loan guarantees to help rural small businesses lower their energy costs....
Get ProAg updates via email
Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now