SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared an agriculture disaster in all 102 Illinois counties following historic flooding during the spring planting season.
Gov. JB Pritzker made the request in July because of unprecedented flooding during the spring planting season.
This Secretarial Disaster Declaration will provide new federal resources to aid recovery efforts. Low-interest FSA emergency loans may be used to restore or replace essential property, cover production costs, pay essential family living expenses, reorganize the family farming operation or refinance certain non-real estate operating debts.
“Illinois farmers have experienced months of hardship due to extreme weather across the state, but today’s declaration means we can begin the road to recovery,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “I’m heartened that the USDA has approved my request for an agriculture disaster so a vital industry that supports so many working families across the state can rebuild and continue to thrive in our state.”