Local farmers can apply for federal loans to help alleviate money lost to flooded fields and plots.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday it is issuing natural disaster designations for a dozen counties in Illinois that have experienced flooding during heavy rains in the spring and summer. This list of a dozen includes the counties of Sangamon, Cass, Macoupin, Monroe and Morgan.
“These USDA loans will help our farmers restore their lands and resume the business activities that feed and fuel our state,” Governor JB Pritzker said in a press release announcing the statements, which were issued by the secretary. from the USDA, Tom Vilsack.
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There was record precipitation in August during a storm in Sangamon County and annual precipitation is above average. Heavy rains and floods can damage plots and crops, sometimes irreparable for the season.
“This year’s growing season has seen multiple weather issues depending on where you are in Illinois,” said Jerry Costello II, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
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Counties bordering those that have been declared an emergency are also eligible for USDA loans, including farmers in Logan, Christian, Macon, Menard and Montgomery counties. Farmers in designated natural disaster counties or bordering counties can contact their local USDA branch to file a notice for any product damaged during the flood season.
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