BANGOR, Maine — Congressman Mike Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree praised the announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture that farmers in a number of Maine counties are eligible for disaster assistance through the Farm Service Agency due to losses caused by multiple disasters during the 2012 crop year.
According to the USDA, farmers have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance. For more information on FSA programs and eligibility requirements, Mainers should contact the Maine FSA office at 207-990-9140 or visit the FSA website.
Details supplied by USDA on the disaster declarations and the Maine counties eligible for assistance can be found below.
Designation #1: The combined effects of frost, freezes, and hailstorms that occurred during the period of April 26 through June 23, 2012.
- Primary counties: Androscoggin, Cumberland, Oxford and York
- Benefits are also available for the contiguous counties of Franklin, Kennebec and Sagadahoc
Designation #2: Excessive rain that occurred from June 15 through June 30, 2012.
- Primary county: Penobscot
- Benefits are also available for the contiguous counties of Aroostook, Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo and Washington