Jul 17, 2014 at 5:51 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KNSI) Rock County in southwest Minnesota, which was pounded by heavy rain in June, has been designated a primary natural disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the declaration in a letter to Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday.
The designation makes farm operators in Rock County and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met.
Farmers in Rock County have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans.
Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson says, "this federal assistance is urgently needed, and greatly apreciated."
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