Emergency loan funds may be used to: restore or replace essential property; pay all or part of production costs associated with the disaster year; pay essential family living expenses; reorganize the farming operation; and refinance certain debts.

The heavy rainfall and flood conditions across the Midwest and South have caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring.

USDA's Risk Management Agency reminds producers faced with questions on prevented planting, replant, or crop losses this spring to contact their crop insurance agent for more information.

USDA is working with the states affected to determine what damages qualify for crop insurance indemnities and/or the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program.

As announced by USDA earlier in May, producers who farm in the Morganza and Birds Point-New Madrid Floodways and purchased crop insurance will be eligible for crop insurance indemnities in accordance with the provisions of their crop insurance policies.

Those producers who are unable to plant, but have purchased crop insurance, will be eligible for prevented planting payments in accordance with the provisions of their policies.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection program, which provides assistance to areas that have been damaged by natural disasters, such as floods, windstorms, drought, and wildfires. In partnership and through local government sponsors, NRCS helps local communities recover from natural disasters.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) provides food assistance to those in need in areas affected by a disaster.

This Federal assistance is in addition to that provided by State and local governments. USDA provides disaster food assistance in three ways: provides foods to state agencies for distribution to shelters and other mass feeding sites; provides food to state agencies for distribution directly to households in need in certain limited situations; and authorizes state agencies to issue Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) benefits.

USDA staff in the affected states can work with citizens and state and local and other federal officials to explain the type of aid that is available.

For additional information and updates about USDA's relief efforts please visit www.usda.gov.