Missoula County Added to USDA Disaster Drought Areas
Missoula County has been designated as a Major Natural Disaster by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To be included in that category, the province of Missoula suffered a drought of at least eight weeks during this period. The USDA looks at Severe, Severe and Extraordinary Drought conditions. The designation allows manufacturers to apply for emergency loans that can replace equipment or livestock, help reorganize a farm or refinance certain debts.
The counties surrounding Missoula are also eligible for drought recovery options. This includes Ravalli Province. The other provinces are Sanders, Powell, Mineral, Granite, Lake and Flathead, according to a USDA news release. More information is available online.
Qualifications from production losses are “a 30% reduction in the primary crop in a designated or continuous province. Losses in quality, such as receiving a 30% reduced price for damaged crops, are may be eligible.Farm Service Agency will review requests The application deadline is May 3, 2022.
The drought has been bad throughout the Northwest this year. The USDA reported an average 96% lack of surface moisture in Montana. Washington State just surpassed that with 100% very little to short humidity. At least half of rangeland and pastures are rated “poor” or “very poor” in eight of the 11 states in the Western US, again with Washington at the top of the list with 96% and Montana with 88%. hard or very hard moisture. Oregon is 87%. Montana was helped by early rainfall added to stored water in lakes and reservoirs, but the consistency of hot, dry weather is rapidly dropping reservoir levels this summer.
The emergency loan program is secured when a natural disaster is designated by the Secretary of Agriculture or the President under the Stafford Act.