Drought assistance available to local ranchers, farmers

Mono and Inyo are eligible for State of Nevada Disaster Designation as California Contiguous Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for certain counties in the Nevada, also including Inyo and Mono Countiea. This provides nearly automatic approval for assistance in counties that meet the required drought intensity levels.

Mono County Board of Supervisors Chairman Larry K. Johnston commented, “This drought is serious; farmers and local ranchers should avail themselves of all possible resources. The resources being made available to support our local ranchers and farmers will help sustain them across this dry period.”

Assistance made available by this designation includes; emergency farm loans for actual losses as a direct result of the disaster up to a maximum of $500,000 for farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations.

The U. S. Small Business Administration has declared assistance available by this designation and will be providing Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of any size.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Leddy, Mono County Administrative Officer at 76-932-5410 or go to jleddy@mono.ca.gov.

Or, please visit the USDA website for additional information at www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA.

Or, contact U.S. Small Business Administration at 1-800-659-2955, or visit SBA’s website at: www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.