Hoosier farmers affected by the extreme drought conditions will get help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Thirty-six Indiana counties received so-called “primary” disaster status Thursday. Those counties are primarily in far southeast and northwest Indiana.
Nineteen Indiana counties are also designated “contiguous” status because they are adjacent to the primary counties.
The declaration allows qualified farm operators in the designated counties to get low interest emergency loans and gives them access to disaster assistance programs.