January 9th, 2013
07:28 PM ET

Hundreds of U.S. counties labled disaster areas due to drought

Citing drought and heat, the U.S. Agriculture Departmenton Wednesday designated 597 counties in 14 states as primary natural disaster areas.

"As drought persists, USDA will continue to partner with producers to see them through longer-term recovery, while taking the swift actions needed to help farmers and ranchers prepare their land and operations for the upcoming planting season," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.

Affected counties have suffered severe drought for eight consecutive weeks, which qualified them for the automatic designation. The designations make qualified farmers in the areas eligible for low-interest loans, the agency said.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. the prophet

    Yeah good luck Sandy victims are still wating for our broken Government to fund the damage. mean while foreign aid into billions get their money what's wrong with our Government,

    January 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Portland tony

    Let the Chinese step in. Of course the aid recipients have to buy Chinese products!

    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. drap™

    snap

    January 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |