Disaster declaration approved for 53 Indiana counties
The US Department of Agriculture approved the secretarial disaster declaration requested by the governor, lieutenant governor and the Indiana Farm Service Agency to help farmers whose crops were damaged by excessive rainfall.
Governor Mike Pence, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia A. Wickard requested the secretarial disaster declaration in July.
“Farms in counties all across the state have suffered because of the excessive rainfall we’ve experienced during our spring and summer months this year,” said Governor Pence. “I’m thankful to the Indiana Farm Service Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture for recognizing the need for assistance for our Hoosier farmers, and I hope that those affected will apply for the loans they need.”
Farmers in the 53 counties and those in adjacent counties will now be eligible for low interest emergency loans if they suffered losses due to excessive rainfall.