ADA — Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Oklahoma who suffered physical and production losses caused by severe wildfire threat that occurred Nov. 27, 2005, through March 31, 2006, are reminded of the upcoming loan application deadline. According to Custer R. McFalls, Farm Loan Manager, producers have until Dec. 4, 2006, to apply.

Counties affected by wildfires include Atoka, Beaver, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Harper, Haskell, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, Lincoln, Logan, Love, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Marshall, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington

The loans will be made to assist farmers in recovering from physical and production losses. Farm and ranch operators who have suffered qualifying losses may be eligible for FSA emergency loans to cover actual physical and production losses.

Emergency loan funds may be used to purchase seed, fertilizer, fuel, and repairs. “A farmer can use the money for the most essential operating and living costs,” McFalls said.

For more information, contact the Pontotoc County FSA Office at (580) 332-3070 ext. 2.

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