Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Weld County as a primary natural disaster area due to hail, high winds and flash flooding that occurred in June.
"Colorado continues to be affected by adverse weather conditions that have made it difficult for farmers and ranchers," Bennet said. "This designation will provide crucial assistance to producers to help offset their losses. Agriculture is a critical part of Colorado's economy, and these resources will help producers weather a difficult summer growing season."
Bennet and Udall wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in June asking for federal assistance for Colorado farmers and ranchers, who are facing severe drought conditions that are threatening crops, livestock and rural livelihoods. The senators voiced concerns they have heard from Colorado agricultural producers who are facing severe financial and operational losses.
Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Local FSA offices can provide farmers and ranchers with additional information.