Emergency loans for farmers, ranchers, and operators are available through the Chester County, Decatur County, Fayette County, Hardeman County, Hardin County, Haywood County, Henderson County, Madison County and McNairy County Offices of the Farm Service Agency.
Farm Service Agency’s, State Executive Director, John Litz, said this authority is pursuant to Secretarial Natural Disaster Determination S5363, of a major disaster in Tennessee, caused by drought which occurred April 01, 2022. As a result of this major disaster, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Henderson and Madison Counties, are primary counties in Tennessee, and Chester, Haywood and McNairy are contiguous counties in Tennessee are named as areas eligible for Federal disaster assistance pursuant to the provisions of Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Applications for assistance in the disaster-stricken counties will be accepted by FSA through October 02, 2023, for production losses.
FSA Emergency Loans cover losses from designated disaster and are made to qualified farmers who cannot obtain necessary credit from other lenders in the local area.
Farmers qualifying for emergency loans may borrow up to 100 percent of their actual production loss, not to exceed a maximum of $500,000 or that amount actually needed, whichever is less.
To obtain further information, contact Joyce J. Murphy, Acting Farm Loan Manager of the Fayette County Farm Service Agency office located at 18084 Hwy 64, Somerville, TN 38068, (901) 465-3694, or Ginger Moore, Farm Loan Officer of the McNairy/Chester County Farm Service Agency located at 512 Mulberry Ave., Selmer, TN 38375, (731)645-5466 and Jon Travis, Farm Loan Officer of the Henderson/Decatur County Farm Service Agency located at 80A S Broad St, Lexington, TN 38351, (731)968-3551.
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