Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Announces More Kentucky Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 20, 2012  
Revision Date:  Monday, August 20, 2012 
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced more Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

In a letter to the Governor, Sec. Vilsack declared an additional 68 Kentucky counties as primary disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred April 1, 2012 and continuing.  Primary counties included in this disaster designation are as follows:

Adair
Allen
Anderson
Barren
Bath
Boone
Bourbon
Boyd
Bracken
Bullitt
Campbell
Carroll
Carter
Clark
Clinton
Cumberland
Edmonson
Elliott
Estill
Fayette
Fleming
Floyd
Franklin
Gallatin
Garrard
Grant
Green
Greenup
Harrison
Hart
Jackson
Jefferson
Jessamine
Johnson
Kenton
Laurel
Lawrence
Lewis
Lincoln
Madison
Magoffin
Marion
Mason
Menifee
Metcalfe
Montgomery
Nelson
Nicholas
Owen
Pendleton
Pike
Powell
Pulaski
Robertson
Rockcastle
Rowan
Russell
Scott
Shelby
Simpson
Spencer
Taylor
Trimble
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Wolfe
Woodford

Also as a result of this designation, 22 contiguous counties are eligible for assistance.  Those counties are as follows:

Boyle
Breathitt
Butler
Casey
Clay
Grayson
Hardin
Henry
Knott
Knox
LaRue
Lee
Letcher
Logan
McCreary
Martin
Mercer
Monroe
Morgan
Oldham
Owsley
Whitley

After a similar declaration last month and earlier this month, Kentucky now has 116* counties as either primary or contiguous disaster areas due to drought.

“We are pleased that Sec. Vilsack has issued this disaster designation for the benefit of additional farm families in Kentucky.  While some areas have seen rain in recent weeks, it did not arrive in time to mitigate agricultural losses in these counties,” said Gov. Beshear. “The widespread impact this drought has had on the Commonwealth can be seen in that 97 percent of the state is covered by a disaster designation. I appreciate Sec. Vilsack’s continued support of our farm families.” 

To date, USDA has designated 1,792 counties as disaster areas—1,670 due to drought.

*Counties not covered by a primary or contiguous disaster designation are Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.

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