Nearly all of Kentucky's counties have now been listed as drought disaster areas.
Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced Monday that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had added 68 more counties to the list of those classified as primary disaster areas because of the drought that has persisted in many places since last spring.
With earlier declarations, all but four Kentucky counties have been designated as primary or contiguous drought disaster areas. The only four not included are Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties, Beshear's office said in a news release.
Some areas have received rain in recent weeks, but it didn't come in time to prevent agricultural losses in many places, Beshear said.
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The federal designation makes farm operators eligible for assistance, Beshear's office has said.