USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced Feb. 29 that equine operations that breed, raise, and sell certain types of horses are now eligible for loan assistance under FSA’s emergency loan program.

“To help keep American agriculture profitable, USDA immediately responds to disasters across the country–ranging from record floods, droughts, and tornadoes–with direct support, disaster assistance, technical assistance, and access to credit,” said Nelson. “This policy modification will help certain equine operations when they face losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters or quarantine. A strong farm safety net, including emergency credit, is critical to sustain the success of American agriculture.”