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Businesses in California, Nevada and Oregon may get USDA help after storms

Staff Writer | March 9, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses that could potentially be affected by the recent storms that USDA has several programs that provide assistance before, during and after disasters.
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Natural disasters   The regional, State and county offices
USDA staff in the regional, State and county offices in the states of California, Nevada and Oregon are ready to help.

The Presidential Disaster Declarations in California, Nevada and Oregon are for severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides for incident period Jan. 3–12, 2017.

And the Hoopa Valley Reservation Declaration is for severe winter storms only for the incident period Jan. 3-5, 2017. The application deadlines for all of these declarations is Oct. 16, 2017.

When floods destroy or severely damage residential property, USDA Rural Development can assist with providing priority hardship application processing for single family housing.

Under a disaster designation, USDA Rural Development can issue a priority letter for next available multi-family housing units.

While these programs do not normally have disaster assistance authority, many of USDA Rural Development programs can help provide financial relief to small businesses hit by natural disasters, including low-interest loans to community facilities, water environmental programs, businesses and cooperatives and to rural utilities.

More information can be found on the Rural Development website or by contacting the State Offices.