Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is extremely pleased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to make all 120 Kentucky counties eligible for emergency loans due to drought and wind damage to crops this year.

“This disaster aid will help reduce the financial impact of the bad weather on Kentucky’s farm families,” Commissioner Farmer said. “Kentucky farmers get more than $4 billion a year in cash receipts for their products, and they produce the food and fiber we all depend on. So it’s important to help them stay on their feet until conditions improve.”

Gov. Steve Beshear sent a request for disaster assistance to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on Sept. 19 due to crop losses resulting from drought. He amended his request to include wind damage that occurred on Sept. 14, when the remnants of Hurricane Ike flattened weakened, dry crops and damaged orchards across the Commonwealth.

To find out more about federal crop disaster assistance, contact the Kentucky office of the U.S. Farm Service Agency at (859) 224-7601 or go to www.fsa.usda.gov.