Governor asks for disaster declaration for crop damage
Governor Mike Pence, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana USDA State Emergency Aboard are asking for a disaster declaration for 53 of Indiana’s 92 counties because of crop damage and losses due to flooding and excessive rain.
The letter requesting the declaration says it is based on damage and losses of at least 30% of a crop in 50 counties.
The governor wants farmers in these counts to be able to get emergency loans through the USDA Farm Service Agency.
The request includes LaPorte, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph in Michiana
Senator Joe Donnelly sent a letter to the USDA in support of the governor's request.
The counties include:
- St. Joseph