Elbert among 43 declared drought counties


The U.S. Department of Agriculture that it has designated 43 of Colorado’s 64 counties as disaster areas due to ongoing severe drought conditions. The designations, announced Jan. 9, mean farmers and ranchers in these counties are eligible for additional Farm Service Agency assistance. The FSA administers farm commodity, crop insurance, credit, environmental, conservation, and emergency assistance programs for farmers and ranchers.

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet welcomed the announcement.

“Today’s announcement from USDA is welcome news for many producers in Colorado who continue to struggle from the worst drought in decades,” Bennet said. “But it’s also a reminder that Congress should move quickly to pass a full five-year Farm Bill that makes critical reforms to agricultural and conservation policies and will help producers manage these drought conditions.”

Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans.

Colorado counties eligible for assistance include: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Saguache, Sedgwick, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

Elbert County farmers and ranchers seeking assistance should contact the Elbert County Farm Service Agency at 504 Washington St., Simla, CO 80835, or call 719-541-2358.


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