USDA: Disaster loans are now available for agriculture

HONOLULU — The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that agricultural producers in Kaua‘i County can apply for disaster loans through Dec. 18 if they suffered eligible physical or production losses due to the severe storms and flooding in March.

The disaster declaration for Hawai’i issued last week by President Obama cleared the way for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency to make its disaster loan program available, state Farm Service Agency Director Diane Ley states in a news release.

For more information on the Farm Service Agency loan program, call the agency’s offices in Honolulu toll free at (888) 709-8957, Ext. 282.

Kaua‘i County officials have reported a preliminary price tag on storm-related damage and related costs is approximately $2.09 million, although that amount is expected to increase following upcoming damage updates.

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