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Posted on: December 12, 2023

Louisa County Farmers Affected by Drought Eligible to Apply for FSA Assistance

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     
December 12, 2023                                              

Louisa County Farmers Affected by Drought Eligible to Apply for FSA Assistance  

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Farmers in Louisa County affected by drought this crop year are now eligible to apply for assistance programs and emergency loans provided by the Farms Services Agency (FSA), a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agency. FSA assistance programs include:

  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Haying and Grazing – provides for emergency haying and grazing on certain CRP practices 
  • Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) – provides funding and technical assistance for emergency water conservation measures in severe droughts
  • Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) – provides funding to restore forest health
  • Farm Loans – provides emergency and operating loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses
  • Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) – provides benefits to eligible livestock owners and some contract growers for excess livestock deaths
  • Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) – provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops
  • Tree Assistance Program (TAP) – provides financial cost-sharing assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers 
  • Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) – provides assistance to eligible owners of livestock, and producers of honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, adverse weather, or other conditions not covered by LFP and LIP

FSA has a service center in Louisa, and citizens may discuss loans and disaster assistance programs with staff. The FSA Louisa Service Center is located at 39 Industrial Dr., Ste 1, Louisa, VA, 23093. Farmers may call this local office at (540) 967-0091 Ext. 2. To research USDA disaster programs online, farmers are encouraged to visit  

The USDA approved Louisa County as a drought designation in November and Louisa has a Secretarial designation as contiguous disaster county. Farmers will have until July 13, 2024 to apply for the FSA emergency loans that require these designations. 

As of December 5, 2023, US Drought Monitor assigned Louisa County a “D1 Moderate Drought” value.  


Duane Adams, Chairman
Board of Supervisors

Cindy King
Phone: (540) 894-6517

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