Idaho Counties Will Receive Disaster Status Due to Crop Damage

 
Idaho Counties Will Receive Disaster Status Due to Crop Damage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted disaster-area status to eight counties in central and eastern Idaho, clearing the way for farms to receive low-interest loans for operating costs.

Crops were damaged across much of southern and eastern Idaho when a series of ill-timed storms caused grain to sprout before it could be harvested and some crops to mold in the fields.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration for Bonneville, Jefferson, Bingham, Clark, Minidoka, Blaine, Cassia and Power counties on Thursday. Fourteen other neighboring counties have already received disaster status.

"Some people's grain couldn't even go for cattle feed because it had mold in it," Bonneville County Farm Bureau President Stephanie Mickelsen told the Post Register. "So this disaster declaration is going to give farmers that may not have gotten anything for their wheat crop the ability to farm another year."

The largest loan available will be $500,000. In order to qualify, a farmer's crop yield will have to be more than 30 percent lower than during normal operation, said Aaron Johnson, the acting state executive director of the Farm Services Agency in Idaho.

Kirt Schwieder, who raises wheat and barley in Bonneville and Jefferson counties, said his grain crop was a total disaster because of the late-summer rains. About 90 percent of his grain sprouted before it could be cut.

"We're in a position where we're going to take a pretty good loss on the grain this year, so anything helps," he said.

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kevin
hallsville, MO
10/10/2014 09:41 PM
 

  Good job vilsac get their hopes up just like2012 worst drought in modern farm history and then oops no sure payments for you but here are your food stamps and snap cards have a good day all

 
 
kevin hull
hallsville, MO
10/8/2014 09:02 PM
 

  Thank You Tom Vilsac Another disaster so some farmers can get deeper on debt WHAT ABOUT THE SURE 2012PAYMENTS THE WORST DROUGHT YEAR IN MODERN DAY FARMING HISTORY ALL COUNTIES IN THE USA WERE DECLARED DISASTER. THE FARMERS THAT BREAK THEIR BACK TO FEED THIS HUNGRY PLANET PLAIN AND SIMPLY HAVE ONCE AGAIN BEEN FORGOTTEN BUT THE OTHERS LIKE SURFER BOY IN CA. RECEIVED THEIR FOOD STAMPS AND SNAP CARD WHERE ATE THE 2012 SURE PAYMENTS MR. VILSAC

 
 
kevin hull
hallsville, MO
10/8/2014 07:02 AM
 

  Thank You Mr.Vilsac although you have yet to make good on the worst drought disaster in modern day farming history!!! WHERE ARE THE SURE PAYMENTS FOR 2012 DISASTER CAUSED BY DROUGHT??? I AM SURE THE ROW CROP GUYS COULD USE!!!?? EVERY ONE IS GETTING THEIR FOODSTSMPS AND SNAP CARDS!!! You Declared Disaster status in almost every grain producing county in the USA and the old Farm Bill was supposed to be extended along with SURE PAYMENTS ????? Thank You

 
 

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