Emergency loans for qualified local farmers

Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma county farmers and ranchers may be eligible for low interest emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met, to help cover losses they sustained as a result of the effects of drought that occurred during the period Oct. 1, 2007, and continuing, according to Rick Cervenka, Farm Loan Manager with the Farm Service Agency.

“Any farmer or rancher in that category who is interested in a loan should visit the Farm Service Agency county office as soon as possible,” Cervenka said. They must apply no later than March 30, 2009. No applications may be accepted after this date.

Cervenka is located at the Farm Service Agency, 628 W. 5th St., Cortez, CO 81321; telephone (970)565-8879, Ext. 107.