San Luis Obispo County Receives Disaster Designation/Declaration from USDA and SBA for Farmers and Ranchers

Author: OES Staff
Date: 4/23/2019 9:34:49 AM

On March 22, 2019 the USDA granted a Secretarial Disaster Designation for farmers and ranchers in San Luis Obispo County. Additionally the SBA declared the county a disaster area for businesses and organizations that do business directly with growers. This designation is a result of drought intensity levels of D2-D4 as reported on the US Drought Monitor.


On March 22, 2019 the US Department of Agriculture granted a Secretarial Disaster Designation for 22 California counties, including San Luis Obispo, due to drought intensity levels of D2 - D4.  Based on this designation, the US Small Business Administration declared these same counties a disaster area. 

The incident period for the USDA designation began on October 1, 2018.  The application deadline to apply for assistance for both programs is January 2, 2020.  

USDA Assistance Details:

Assistance available through the USDA provides emergency farm loans for both physical and crop production losses as a direct result of the disaster for a maximum of $500,000 for farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations.

For more details, read the USDA Fact Sheet on Disaster Assistance.

To apply for these loans, contact the USDA Farm Service Agency office in San Luis Obispo County at 805-434-0398 Ext. 2.

Small Business Administration Assistance Details:

Assistance available through the SBA is via SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans.  These loans are available to small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations of any size that do business directly with growers.  This includes truckers and suppliers of agricultural equipment or services.

For more details, visit the SBA Disaster Assistance Information page.  

To apply for these loans, contact the SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or www.sba.gov/disaster.