Lt. Gov. Wants Entire State Declared Disaster Area
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman says she will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in all 92 Indiana counties.
Currently, 80 counties are on the natural disaster list, making farmers eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans through the USDA Farm Services Agency.
Fourteen counties were added to the USDA’s primary natural disaster area. However, no southeast Indiana counties are included.
“So many including those outside of Indiana depend on the state’s agriculture industry to provide food, fiber and fuel,” Skillman said. “As the drought lingers on, the request to give all farmers the opportunity to apply for assistance becomes even more urgent.”
Skillman, Indiana’s secretary of agriculture, and Executive Director Julia Wickard of Indiana’s FSA will are sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack requesting that all 92 counties be named as primary disaster counties.
Farmers in drought-affected areas can find resources and information at drought.in.gov.
U.S. Drought Monitor – http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/