Emergency loans are still available for Lafayette County farmers who lost crops or revenue due to the spring storms that wreaked havoc in several counties. Since Lafayette County is contiguous to the primary natural disaster area, it was designated eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.
Loan packages can be picked up at the Oxford Farm Service Agency office at 2610 W. Oxford Loop although the loans are processed in Calhoun County. Palmer said a loan officer can often arrange to meet a farmer in Oxford if needed. For more information or to set up appointment, call 234-8701 or 628-8732. (August 11, 2010, Page 2)
Abbeville Mayor Betsy Aloway and the Abbeville Board of Aldermen wrote an open letter to thank Bob Collier, North East Power, District 3 Supervisor and Lafayette County workers for helping their community after the tornado last weekend, while Terry Haller wrote to tell how well Mississippi Public Broadcasting helped him with storm details and weather info. Kevin and Beverly Cole and Jeremy Freelon wrote to thank the Oxford Lion’s Club for their help in raising funds for the Lions All-State band, while Holt Montgomery wrote to say that condo dwellers in Oxford would also like to be part of curbside recycling. (May 5, 2010, Page 4)