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California Disaster Declaration on 2022 Freeze Damage

Please see the attached letter dated July 1, 2022, from USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack designating El Dorado County as a primary natural disaster area for the freeze that occurred in April.  Farms suffering losses should contact our local Farm Service Agency office in Elk Grove to see if they meet the eligibility for assistance. 

Letter to Governor Newsom from Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary USDA

On April 6 through May 10, 2022, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services requested a primary county disaster designation for 16 California counties due to losses caused by freeze that occurred during the 2022 Crop Year.

The 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 15 California counties as primary natural disaster areas in three separate disaster designations. In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of your state and an adjacent state are named as contiguous disaster counties. Enclosed you will find documentation that provides a detailed list of all primary and contiguous counties impacted by these disasters.

After a full review, USDA has determined that Kings County did not sustain a 30-percent or greater crop production loss to a single farming enterprise to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation for these disaster events.

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 Farm Service Agency (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.
Contact information: Sacramento County Farm Service Agency
9701 Dino Dr., STE 190, Elk Grove, CA 95624-4042

Designation Number 1: Freeze that occurred during February 21 through February 28, 2022
Primary Counties: Butte, Madera, Merced, San Juaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo, Yuba
Contiguous Counties: (Central Sierra Foothill only): Amador, Calaveras, Nevada, Placer, Sierra, Tuolumne

Designation Number 2: Freeze that occurred on February 24, 2022
Primary Counties: Colusa, Glenn
Contiguous Counties: (Central Sierra Foothills only): none

Designation Number 3: Freeze that occurred during April 11 through April 13, 2022
Primary Counties: Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado
Contiguous Counties: (Central Sierra Foothill only): Placer, Tuolumne (Alpine is included here)