The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Mesa and Otero counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in contiguous counties, including Delta County, also qualify for natural disaster assistance.
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for the Farm Service Agency's (FSA's) emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration of April 12 to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster.
Other FSA programs can also provide assistance.
For more information go to www.fas.usda.gov or visit the FSA office in Delta at 690 Industrial Boulevard.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.