Loan relief available

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared every Kentucky county a natural disaster area due to drought conditions and wind damage. In September, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer in support of Kentucky’s request for disaster designation.

Last year, Kentucky producers experienced significant losses from drought conditions and freezing temperatures. While spring rains brought some relief, farms across Kentucky again are suffering from a lack of rainfall coupled with wind damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

The request enables producers to apply for low-interest emergency loans.

LaRue County farmers interested in applying for the assistance should contact the Farm Service Agency office at 765-2702 for further information.