The United States Division of Agriculture has issued a pure catastrophe designation for McLean County and 11 different counties following heavy rains earlier this yr.
The transfer by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack permits the USDA Farm Service Company to supply emergency loans to farmers who skilled extreme moisture and flash flooding this spring and summer time.
“The resiliency and well being of our farming group is essential to the general well being of the Illinois economic system,” Gov. JB Pritzker mentioned in an announcement. “On behalf of a grateful state, I wish to thank Secretary Vilsack for issuing a pure catastrophe designation to the counties working to get better from this yr’s floods. These USDA loans will assist our farmers restore their land and resume the enterprise operations that feed and gasoline our state.”
The pure catastrophe designations additionally embrace contiguous counties including DeWitt, Livingston, Logan, Tazewell, and Woodford.
Farmers ought to contact their native USDA Service Center to ask questions or file a Discover of Loss.