Federal loans are now available for more Indiana counties affected by severe weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved eight counties for a secretarial disaster declaration request that relates to excessive crop damage from spring and summer storms and flooding.
The announcement adds to a similar approval last month involving 53 counties.
Governor Mike Pence who, along with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia Wickard, wrote the request to the USDA. He says "it has been a challenging year for Hoosier farmers. I’m grateful that the United States Department of Agriculture has recognized the hardships our farmers have faced."
The designation makes available low-interest emergency loans for producers suffering losses in the affected areas and their contiguous counties. The counties include Clark, Fulton, Morgan, Owen, Rush, Shelby, White, and Whitley.
More information is available at: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=in&agency=fsa