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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Garfield County as a major natural disaster area due to a drought. This announcement comes nearly a week after 13 other Montana provinces were declared major natural disaster areas due to a drought.
The other MT provinces previously named major disaster areas: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, McCone, Phillips, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux.
According to US Drought Monitor, these provinces suffered from a drought amount of drought during the growing season of 1) D2 Drought-Severe for 8 or more consecutive weeks, or 2) D3 Drought-Severe, or 4) D4 Drought-Exceptional.
Seven additional counties were named as contiguous disaster areas in the announcement for Garfield County: Custer, McCone, Petroleum, Phillips, Prairie, Rosebud and Valley.
Other MT Counties named contiguous counties: Blaine, Fergus, Garfield, Petroleum, Powder River and Rosebud.
The appointment of a Disaster Secretary makes farm operators in major provinces and those numbers close to major districts eligible for assistance provided by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), including the emergency loans. Manufacturers in affected areas are encouraged to work with their local FSA office to receive more information and apply. Click here to view a map of Montana FSA offices. Click here to visit the USDA Disaster Assistance Programs website.