A Request For Statewide Disaster Declaration
Indiana Lieutenant Gov. Becky Skillman will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in all 92 Indiana counties.
"This has been a devastating summer for our farmers. We are trying to do everything we can to get assistance for them" says Skillman.
A natural disaster declaration makes farmers eligible to apply for low-interest emergency loans to offset losses resulting from the drought. The loans are given through the USDA Farm Services Agency.
Fourteen additional counties were declared natural disaster areas Wednesday, bringing the total number of Indiana counties with eligible farmers to 80.