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Ill. Gov's request for Agricultural disaster declaration approved

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced federal disaster assistance is available to help the state's farmers who suffered crop losses due to 2011 flooding.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the Governor's request to designate 46 Illinois counties as natural disaster areas, said the governor's office.

The designation qualifies farmers in those counties and 27 contiguous counties for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including low-interest emergency loans.

"Grain prices will help offset production losses for farmers who were fortunate enough to get a crop in the ground, but thousands of acres across Illinois were totally destroyed," Governor Quinn said. "These loans will help farmers who weren't able to plant this year's crop by refinancing debt and covering production costs and essential family living expenses."

The 46 counties declared as primary disaster areas are:

Alexander

Brown

Calhoun

Carroll

Cass

Clay

Crawford

Edwards

Effingham

Fayette

Franklin

Gallatin

Greene

Hamilton

Hardin

Henry

Jackson

Jefferson

Jersey

Jo Daviess

Johnson

Knox

Lawrence

Lee

Madison

Marion

McDonough

Mercer

Monroe

Perry

Pope

Pulaski

Randolph

Richland

Rock Island

Saline

Schuyler

Scott

St. Clair

Stephenson

Union

Wabash

Washington

Wayne

White

Williamson

The 27 contiguous counties approved for disaster assistance include:

Adams

Bond

Bureau

Clark

Clinton

Cumberland

DeKalb

Fulton

Hancock

Henderson

Jasper

LaSalle

Macoupin

Mason

Massac

Menard

Montgomery

Morgan

Ogle

Peoria

Pike

Sangamon

Shelby

Stark

Warren

Whiteside

Winnebago

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