ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture declared an agricultural disaster in all 102 counties following Governor Pritzker’s July request in the wake of historic flooding in the state.
“Illinois farmers have experienced months of hardship due to extreme weather across the state, but today’s declaration means we can begin the road to recovery,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m heartened that the USDA has approved my request for an agriculture disaster so a vital industry that supports so many working families across the state can rebuild and continue to thrive in our state.”
For farmers and agri-businesses experiencing an extraordinary and unprecedented spring planting season, this Secretarial Disaster Declaration will provide new federal resources to aid recovery efforts. Low-interest FSA emergency loans may be used to restore or replace essential property, cover production costs, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the family farming operation or refinance certain non-real estate operating debts.
“The Secretarial Disaster Declaration is a recognition of the extreme weather conditions Illinois farmers have faced this planting season,” said John Sullivan, director of Illinois Department of Agriculture. “I thank Governor Pritzker for his leadership in pursuing this relief and US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for his responsiveness to providing this needed assistance to Illinois’ agricultural community.”
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