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Farmers in The T&D Region are eligible to receive emergency loans for losses suffered during this year’s hurricanes.

Farmers in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties who suffered losses during Hurricane Michael in October may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency emergency loans.

Farmers in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties are also eligible for emergency loans for damage sustained during Hurricane Florence, which hit the state in September.

Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including replacing essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganizing a farming operation or refinancing certain debts.

The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is July 23, 2019.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

For more information, farmers may contact the Orangeburg County Farm Service Agency at 1550 Henley Street, 803-534-2409, ext. 2; Calhoun County Farm Service Agency at 904 F R Huff Drive, St. Matthews, 803-874-3379; and Bamberg County Farm Service Agency at 3828 Main Highway, Bamberg, 803-245-4311.

Additional information is also available online at www.farmers.gov/recover.

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Staff Writer

Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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