Ag. Secretary issues natural disaster designation for 12 Illinois counties

(WEEK) – Help arrives for farmers in some central Illinois counties after Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a natural disaster designation,

McLean, Livingston, Logan, Mason, Tazewell and Woodford counties are included in the designation – after excessive humidity and flash floods this spring and summer.

“The resilience and health of our farming community is critical to the overall health of Illinois’ economy,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “On behalf of a grateful state, I want to thank Secretary Vilsack for assigning a natural disaster designation to counties struggling to recover from this year’s flooding. These USDA loans will help our farmers restore their lands and resume the business activities that feed and fuel our state. “

“This year’s growing season has seen multiple weather issues depending on where you are in Illinois,” said Jerry Costello II, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “I would like to thank Governor JB Pritzker for working with Secretary Vilsack and the USDA to ensure our farmers have the resources they need to come back after a natural disaster.”

A natural disaster secretariat designation allows the USDA Farm Service Agency to provide emergency loans to growers recovering from natural disasters. Producers should contact their local USDA service center to ask questions or file a notice of loss.

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