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Teller one of 38 counties that qualify for disaster drought aid

Published: July 3, 2013, 3:40 pm, by Ryan Handy

Teller County is one of the 38 counties across Colorado to quality for federal disaster relief loans to farmers to help ease the impact of the state’s persistent drought, according to a news release from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Fourteen counties were declared natural disaster areas because of recent drought; an additional 24 counties, Teller among them, are contiguous disaster counties.

Included in the disaster relief are Farm Service Agency emergency loans, for which farmers in the 38 counties can apply. Farmers have eight months to file applications for assistance. Factors to be considered are the extent of a farmer’s production losses due to drought, security available and repayment ability.

Questions about the loan applications should be directed to local Farm Service Agency offices.

The complete list of affected counties:

Primary counties: Alamosa, Conejos, Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Jackson, Jefferson, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt and Saguache.

Contiguous counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Costilla, Custer, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Fremont, Gilpin, Grand, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Larimer, Mineral, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, San Miguel and Teller.