Many Kentucky counties have now been declared natural disaster areas because of the ongoing drought.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday the declaration covers 63 counties.
The following counties in this area are included in that declaration: Anderson, Boone, Bullitt, Campbell, Carroll, Clark, Fayette, Fleming, Franklin, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Jessamine, Kenton, Lincoln, Madison, Nelson, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, Powell, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, and Woodford.
"President Obama and I understand these conditions caused severe damage to a wide variety of crops that include alfalfa, corn, forage crops, soybeans and tobacco," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a news release. "This action will provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses."
The announcement comes a day after Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency because of the drought.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas Wednesday, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
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