Governor Kitzhaber declares drought emergencies in four Oregon counties
On February 13, 2014, Governor Kitzhaber signed an Executive Order
declaring drought emergencies in Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur Counties, due to dry conditions, low snowpack, and lack of precipitation. The order directs several state agencies, including the Oregon Department of Agriculture, to coordinate and provide assistance to affected areas. Oregon counties included in drought declaration
On January 23, 2014, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 26 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought. Counties in neighboring states are designated as contiguous natural disaster areas. In Oregon, this means that Klamath, Lake, Jackson, and Josephine Counties are contiguous natural disaster areas.
This Secretarial natural disaster declaration
makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible for certain Farm Service Agency benefits provided eligibility conditions are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Local FSA offices
can provide farmers with additional information.