The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Carson City, along with three counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages caused by the recent drought. Douglas, Esmeralda, and White Pine counties are included in the designation. Farmers and ranchers in Elko, Eureka, Lyon, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye, Storey and Washoe counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because they are contiguous.
Nearby farmers and ranchers in California will also qualify for natural disaster assistance. Those counties include Alpine, Place, El Dorado, Inyo and Mono. This designation allows qualified farm operators for low interest emergency loans from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
Additional programs are also available to help farmers and ranchers hurt by drought conditions. Those programs include they Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop disaster Assistance Program. Additional information is available for interested farmers on line by clicking on the link below.