Farm Service Agency

February 14, 2014--Drought earns Archuleta County disaster status (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Archuleta County, along with fifteen other counties spanning the Colorado and New Mexico border, as contiguous disaster counties on Feb. 5. The USDA’s declaration came in response to losses suffered by farmers and ranchers in the area due to recent drought conditions.


June 27, 2013--USDA declares 12 Colorado counties disaster areas to drought (Pagosa Sun)

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated six Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas and six more as contiguous disaster areas due to ongoing severe drought conditions. The designations mean that farmers and ranchers in these counties are eligible for additional Farm Service Agency assistance.


August 31, 2012--Federal program altered to aid ranchers (Trinidad Times)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has enacted special provisions to the agency’s emergency loan program and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) federal crop insurance program in order to provide greater flexibility for livestock producers facing forage and feed shortages as a result of drought.


August 21, 2012--High and dry (Commerce City Sentinel)

John Berge, deputy administrator for field operations for the Farm Service Agency, recently acknowledged that political gridlock and bitter partisanship in the nation’s capital had inflicted greater hardship on the nearly 1,600 counties ravaged by the drought. “I know this is stuff you already know, but this is a perfect storm in many ways.


July 1, 2009--Two Coloradoans take posts with USDA (Denver Post)

State Sen. Jim Isgar has been appointed Colorado's rural development director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also Tuesday, Trudy Kareus, a member of former Sen.

September 17, 2008--Eastern Colorado left high, dry and devastated (Denver Post)

It's hard to imagine from the look of the lush lawns of metro Denver, but from the plains to the Front Range, much of eastern Colorado is a disaster area. On Monday, the U.S.


September 16, 2008--Valley counties qualify for disaster aid (Alamosa Valley Courier)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated numerous Colorado counties as primary natural disaster areas because of drought or freeze losses this year. In addition, counties contiguous to those primary areas also qualify for natural disaster benefits.


July 24, 2008--Pueblo, Crowley counties on drought-stricken list (Pueblo Chieftain)

Pueblo and Crowley counties have been added to the Colorado counties plagued enough by drought to warrant emergency status.


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