The Secretary of Agriculture designated 16 Missouri counties, including Pulaski,  as primary agricultural natural disaster areas making certain farmers and other agricultural producers in the counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), in addition to other disaster programs.

The following counties were designated as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rainfall and flooding which occurred July 15 throughAug.19, 2013. Those counties are: Butler, Camden, Cole, Dunklin, Gasconade Laclede,Maries Miller New Madrid Osage, Pemiscot, Pulaski Stoddard, Texas, Vernon, and Webster

The contiguous counties are:, Barton Bates Benton Bollinger, Boone Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carter Cedar, Christian, Crawford Dallas Dent Douglas.Franklin, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Mississippi, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Phelps, Ripley, St. Clair, Scott, Shannon, Warren, Wayne, and Wright

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 25, 2013, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

Loans for physical losses must be used to replace or repair damage to buildings, fences or to compensate the farmer for losses of basic livestock, stored crops, or supplies on hand, equipment, etc., that was lost due to the disaster. Loans for production losses may also be used to buy feed, seed, fertilizer, livestock or to make payments on real estate or chattel debts. Generally, loans for production losses cannot be approved until crops have completed their production cycle or have been harvested.