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Local counties deemed disasters after long, hot summer

By WKTV News

US Representative Richard Hanna announced Tuesday that nine counties including some here in Central New York are being designated disasters due to excessive heat and drought that gripped the area starting in June.

At the request of New York state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined the following counties suffered sufficient production losses due to drought and related disasters to warrant a Secretarial disaster designation:

- Primary counties include: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida and Otsego.

- Contiguous counties include: Herkimer, Oswego and Tioga.

A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for an assistance from the FSA provided eligibility requirements are met.

This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have 8 months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance.

FSA will consider each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses, security available and repayment ability.

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