United States o.

partment

USDA

of Agriculture

Office of the Secretary Washington, D.C. 20250

OCT 1 4 '2011

The Honorable Haley Barbour Governor State of Mississippi Jackson, Mississippi 39205 Dear Governor Barbour: Thank you for your letter of September 7, 2011, requesting a disaster designation for all 82 Mississippi counties due to losses caused by drought and related disasters that have occurred during the 2011 growing season. The Deparbnent of Agriculture has reviewed the Loss Assessment Reports for Mississippi and has determined that there were sufficient production losses in 45 counties to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Therefore, I am designating 45 Mississippi counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred during the period of January 1 through August 30,2011. Those counties are: Adams Amite Attala Carroll Claiborne Copiah Covington Forrest Franklin George Greene Hancock Harrison Hinds Holmes Humphreys Issaquena Jackson Jefferson Jefferson Davis Jones Lamar Lawrence Leake Leflore Lincoln Lowndes Madison Marion Noxubee Pearl River Perry Pike Pontotoc Simpson Stone Union Walthall Warren Wayne Wilkinson Winston Yazoo

Rankin
Sharkey

In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, additional areas of your State are named as contiguous disaster counties. Those counties are: Benton Calhoun Chickasaw' Choctaw Clarke Clay Grenada Jasper Kemper Lafayette Lee Marshall Monroe Montgomery Neshoba Newton Oktibbeha Prentiss Scott Smith Sunflower Tallahatchie Tippah Washington

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The Honorable Haley Barbour Page2 None of the 37 remaining counties in Mississippi sustained qualifying crop production losses due to this disaster. Therefore, I am unable to approve your request to designate those counties as primary natural disaster areas. However, 24 of those counties will be eligible for FSA loan assistance since they are named as contiguous counties for this disaster, as indicated above. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) Program. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses, security available, and repayment ability. SURE Program applications for 2011 crop losses will be accepted in 2012, when the 2011 farm revenue data required by statute becomes available. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information. Sincerely,

CL. q. t-{&.L.
ThomaSJ.v~ Secretary

CONGRESSIONAL

DELEGATION

House of Representatives PRIMARY COUNTIES
State Mississippi Congressional District County 1 Lowndes Part Representative Alan Nunnelee

1 Pontotoc 1 Union 1 Winston
2 Attala

Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee (part) Alan Nunnelee
Bennie G. Thompson

2 Carroll 2 Claiborne 2 Copiah 2 Hinds 2 Holmes 2 Humphreys 2 Issaquena 2 Jefferson 2 Leake 2 Leflore 2 Madison 2 Sharkey 2 Warren 2 Yazoo
3 Adams

Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson (part) Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson (part) Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson (part) Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson
Gregg Harper

3 Amite 3 Covington 3 Franklin 3 Hinds 3 Jefferson Davis (part)

Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION House of Representatives PRIMARY COUNTIES
State Congressional District County 3 Jones 3 Lawrence 3 Leake 3 Uncoln 3 Madison 3 Marion 3 Noxubee 3 Pike 3 Rankin 3 Simpson 3 Walthall 3 Wilkinson 3 Winston 4 Forrest 4 George 4 Greene 4 Hancock 4 Harrison 4 Jackson 4 Jones 4 Lamar 4 Marion 4 Pearl River 4 Perry 4 Stone 4 Wayne (part) (part) (part) (part) (part) (part) Part. (part) Representative Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo

CONGRESSIONAL

DELEGATION

House of Representatives Contiguous Counties
State Alabama Congressional District County 1 Mobile 1 Washington 4 Lamar 4 Pickens 7 Choctaw 7 Pickens 7 Sumter Arkansas Louisiana 4 Chicot 1 St. Tammany 1 Tangipahoa 1 Wash ington 5 Concordia 5 East Carro!! 5 Madison 5 Tensas 6 East Feliciana 6 St. Helena 6 West Feliciana Mississippi 1 Benton 1 Calhoun 1 Chickasaw 1 Choctaw 1 Clay 1 Grenada 1 Lafayette (part) (part) Part Representative 30 Bonner Jo Bonner Robert B. Aderholt Robert B. Aderholt Terri A. Sewell Terri A. Sewell Terrl A. Sewell Mike Ross Steve Scalise Steve Scalise Steve Scalise Rodney Alexander Rodney Alexa nder Rodney Alexander Rodney Alexander Bill Cassidy Bill Cassidy Bill Cassidy Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Ala n Nunnelee

CONGRESSIONAL

DELEGATION

House of Representatives Contiguous Counties
State Congressionai District 1 lee 1 Marshall 1 Monroe 1 Prentiss 1 Tlppah 2 Montgomery 2 Sunflower 2 Ta lIahatch ie 2 Washington 3 Jasper 3 Kemper 3 Neshoba 3 Newton 30ktibbeha 3 SCott 3 Smith 4 Clarke 4 Jasper
(part)

County

Part

Representative Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Alan Nunnelee Bennie G. Thompson Ben nte G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson Bennie G. Thompson

(part)

Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Gregg Harper Steven M. Palazzo Steven M. Palazzo

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