Rim Fire emergency loans available to local ranchers, farmers

On December 13, 2013, President Obama declared the Rim Fire a federal "Major Disaster" according to a news release from Mono County today, Monday, Jan. 13. "Pursuant to this declaration, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an emergency loan program to assist local farmers and ranchers who conduct family sized farming operations and had physical or production losses caused by the fire that occurred from August 17 – October 24, 2013," the news release states.

The deadline to submit a loan application is August 13. For more information about applying please see the attached letter from Cal OES or you may contact the Inyo and Mono Counties Agricultural Commissioner’s Office at (760) 873-7860 or go to the following website: