Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman has named the states of Wyoming and Arkansas and 24 counties in South Dakota eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency farm loans.

Wyoming's eligiblity is because of losses caused by wildfire, drought, and dangerous fire conditions. Arkansas and 24 South Dakota counties are eligible because of losses caused by drought and extreme heat.

"Drought and other natural disasters continue to plague many of America's farmers," said Glickman. "USDA is working to provide needed assistance and emergency loans for farmers during these tough times."

All counties in Wyoming, except Teton, were named as primary disaster areas on Oct. 26. Also eligible, because they are contiguous, are Jackson, Larimer, Moffat, Routt, and Weld Counties in Colorado; Bear Lake, Bonneville, and Caribou Counties in Idaho; Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Park, Powder

River Counties, and the Yellowstone National Park jurisdiction in Montana, Banner, Kimball, Scotts Bluff, and Sioux Counties in Nebraska; Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, and Pennington Counties in South Dakota; Daggett, Rich, and Summit Counties in Utah; and Teton County in Wyoming.

All counties in Arkansas were named as primary disaster areas. Also eligible, because they are contiguous are Bossier, Claiborne, Caddo, and Webster Counties in Louisiana; Barry, Butler, Dunklin, Howell, McDonald, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stone, and Taney Counties in Missouri; and Dyer, Lauderdale, Shelby, and Tipton Counties in Tennessee.

Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Douglas, Gregory, Hutchinson, Lyman, and Tripp Counties in South Dakota were named as primary disaster areas. Also eligible, because they are contiguous, are Davison, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Jones, McCook, Mellette, Sanborn, Stanley, Todd, Turner, and Yankton Counties.

This designation makes all qualified family-sized farm operators in the state eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm service Agency. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability, and other eligibility requirements.

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