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USDA / SBA Declare Disaster for SLO County Due to Drought

Author: County OES
Date: 4/19/2021 1:33:01 PM

On March 5, 2021 the USDA granted a Secretarial Disaster Designation for farmers and ranchers in San Luis Obispo County and the SBA declared a disaster area for related businesses.

On March 5, 2021, the US Department of Agriculture granted a Secretarial Disaster Designation all 58 California counties, including San Luis Obispo, due to drought intensity levels of D2 - D4.  A US Small Business Administration Economic Injury Loan Declaration of a disaster area was made due to the USDA Disaster Designation.  

USDA Information: 

The USDA designation allows for emergency loans for both phyiscal and crop production losses as a direct result of the disaster up to a maximum of 500,000.

Farmers and ranchers who conduct family-sized farming operations are eligible to apply. 

To apply for these loans, contact your l ocal Farm Service Agency (FSA) or visit

SBA Information:

The SBA declaration allows small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private non-profit organizations of any size to apply for assistance. Small businesses include those that do business directly with the growers, such as 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 or email [email protected]  

Application Deadline: The incident period for the program began on March 5, 2021.  The application deadline to apply for assistance for both programs is November 5, 2021.