Farmers can get help for rain-damaged crops

By Associated Press 12:13pm, December 13, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Sussex and Kent counties primary natural disaster areas after record rainfall damaged crops.

The USDA made the designation Thursday due to heavier than normal rains between May and September that disrupted the growing season for several crops.

Robin Talley, a district director in Delaware for the USDA's Farm Service Agency, says officials estimate the loss at over $10 million in the two counties. The designation means farmers in the two counties are eligible to apply for low-interest loans to cover part of their losses over the next eight months.

Farmers in neighboring counties are also eligible. That includes New Castle County in Delaware and Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne's, Wicomico, Worcester, and Kent County in Maryland.

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