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Hawaii 8049180

  1. 1. USDA iiim United States Department of Agriculture September 3, 2014 The Honorable Neil Abercrombie Governor State of Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Dear Governor Abercrombie: Office of the Secretary Washington, D.C. 20250 On August 18, 2014, the Hawaii State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Department of Agriculture (USDA), requested a primary county disaster designation for Hawaii County in Hawaii, due to damages and losses caused by wind, rain, and flooding that occurred from August 7 through August 9, 2014. USDA reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports and determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Therefore, I am designating Hawaii County in Hawaii, as a primary natural disaster area. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the FSA, provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm, and the security and repayment ability of the operator. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information. Sincerely, ~C}.~L. ThomasJ.~k Secretary An Equal Opportunity Employer

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