Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces all Kentucky counties eligible for emergency loans
USDA determines all 120 counties are eligible due to this year’s drought conditions
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has received word from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that all 120 Kentucky counties are currently eligible for emergency loans.
On August 17, 2005, Governor Ernie Fletcher requested a disaster designation for the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky due to losses caused by drought that occurred beginning February 1, 2005.
In response to this letter, the USDA reviewed the Damage Assessment Reports and other related information for all 120 Kentucky counties and determined that 109 counties sustained sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial disaster designation. The 11 remaining counties are adjacent to eligible counties and were therefore deemed eligible as well.
“I am pleased Secretary Johanns has made USDA emergency loans available to farmers across the commonwealth,” said Governor Fletcher. “Kentucky has experienced higher than normal temperatures and limited rainfall during the summer months causing Kentucky to move deeper into drought status. We appreciate the USDA’s work to help protect our Kentucky farmers.”
For more information on drought assistance, visit your local USDA/Farm Service Agency office or visit the USDA’s Web site at www.usda.gov .