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More Than Half Of State’s Counties Get Drought Designation

Drought fire

Photo: Paul Bird

Fire fueled by drought and high winds spreads across a field near Bargersville

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.

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