Posted: Nov 18, 2009 7:51 AM by John Pastorek
Updated: Nov 18, 2009 7:53 AM
Source: Associated Press
Federal agriculture authorities have declared disaster areas in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee due to crop losses from a combination of severe spring and fall flooding and summer drought.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the declaration will "provide help to hundreds of farmers who suffered significant production losses to a wide variety of crops."
The declaration qualifies many farmers in the designated areas for low interest emergency loans from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency.