Federal disaster loans are available to small, non-farm, agriculture-dependent businesses for all counties in the state. “SBA’s disaster declaration was issued as a result of a similar action taken by the Secretary of Agriculture to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops caused by excessive precipitations, high winds, hail, and high humidity from June 1, 2006, and continuing,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA Field Operations Center East.

Under this declaration, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to small, non-farm, agriculture-dependent businesses and small agricultural cooperatives that suffered economic injury as a direct result of the weather’s effects on agricultural producers. A business that sells goods or services to agricultural producers may be unable to pay bills or meet expenses because of the reduced purchasing power of farmers and ranchers. Examples of eligible businesses include farm implement dealers, seed and feed stores, and spraying and irrigation businesses.

Interested businesses should call 800-659-2955 or visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

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