The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated counties in at least three states as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding since June of this year.
The declarations include 87 counties in Illinois, 53 counties in Indiana, and 33 counties in Arkansas. The declarations also include contiguous counties, which encompass at least 15 counties in Missouri, as well as counties in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.
“Our hearts go out to those farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”
Farmers in counties designated are eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met.