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Indiana farmers eligible for assistance after rain impacts planting season

Posted at 7:39 PM, Aug 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-30 19:41:48-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Farmers are now able to receive assistance after excessive rain and flooding impacted farmers during this year's planting season.

In July, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb asked US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for assistance after farmers in all Indiana counties were impacted by heavy rain and flooding. The request was approved on Friday.

“I am grateful that Secretary Perdue and his team recognized the hardships Hoosier farmers experienced this planting season,” Holcomb said in a press release. “As a result of this designation, farmers in all 92 counties are now eligible for assistance, and I encourage those impacted to work with their local Farm Service Agency office.”

Farmers are eligible for assistance to help with restoring or replace essential property, low-interest FSA emergency loans, production costs, paying family living expenses and more, according to a press release from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

In order to qualify for assistance, farmers must be able to show at least a 30 percent loss in production, livestock, real estate or chattel property, according to the release.

You can view more information about the emergency farm loans here.