USDA declares disaster in 11 Ky. counties

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has granted Gov. Steve Beshear's request for disaster assistance by declaring a natural disaster in 11 Kentucky counties — all but one in the western part of the state — as a result of the severe weather that began April 17.

The designation means that farmers in those counties plus 18 contiguous ones will be eligible for emergency loans and payments for some crop losses.

"We are pleased that Secretary Vilsack has issued this disaster designation for Kentucky's farm families," Beshear said in a news release. "The severe storms and flooding impacted all facets of Kentucky's agricultural industry, and assistance from the USDA will help offset resulting income losses."

The 11 primary counties are Ballard, Crittenden, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, Livingston, Logan, McLean, Ohio, Trimble and Union.

For information on how to apply for assistance, go to a local Farm Service Agency office.

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