DES MOINES — Kossuth County in northern Iowa has been designated as a natural disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of damage and losses caused by drought.
The USDA said in statement released Wednesday that the designation makes farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans through the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
Farmers have eight months to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
The declaration also makes farmers in contiguous counties — Emmet, Hancock, Humboldt, Palo Alto, Pocohontas, Winnebago and Wright Counties — eligible for the loans.
Farmers in Faribault and Martin Counties in Minnesota are included as well. — AP
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