Farmers may be eligible for USDA loans for losses caused by drought conditions

Lynette Sage
Lynette Sage, daughter of the late Southern Ute Chairman Leonard C. Burch, stopped by the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy’s Upper Elementary Class on Wednesday, Jan. 29. She presented information on the Animas-La Plata Project to the students to promote participation in the second annual Leonard C. Burch Art and Literacy Contest. The contest is open to all students enrolled in the Ignacio School District and all Southern Ute tribal members in grades K-12. Email for more information.
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Farmers and ranchers in Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, Archuleta and La Plata counties may be eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help cover losses they sustained as a result of the effects of drought conditions, according to Rick Cervenka, senior farm loan officer with the Farm Service Agency.

“Any farmer or rancher in that category who is interested in a loan should visit the Farm Service Agency county office as soon as possible,” Cervenka said.

They must apply within the timeframe that the disaster designation allows for that county. No applications may be accepted after that date.

Cervenka is located at the Farm Service Agency at 628 W. 5th St. in Cortez. To reach him by phone, dial 970-565-8879 ext. 107.

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