Illinois farms to get disaster aid
due to rain, flooding
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 46 Illinois counties have been designated as natural disaster areas because of rain and flooding between April and the end of July.
The designation will allow farmers and ranchers to recover some of their losses. Farmers in 27 additional Illinois counties will be eligible for assistance because they're contiguous to the ones that were designated as natural disaster areas.
Qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
With the disaster declaration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says farmers and rural communities are important to the nation's economy.