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Feds aid farmers dampened by Mother Nature

Annie Zelm • Jul 2, 2011 at 5:02 AM

This was the wettest Ohio spring in more than 100 years, leaving farm fields swamped and crop plantings delayed for weeks.

But a little hope has sprouted.

Farmers in a dozen Ohio counties, including Huron, may be eligible for some help from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week.

The USDA issued a disaster designation in three primary counties -- Ashland, Holmes and Tuscarawas -- as well as similar designations in counties nearby.

The counties of Hancock, Harrison, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Seneca, Stark and Wayne were also hard-hit by storms this past spring.

Farmers in these 12 counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance.

They can use the loans to replace property, cover all or part of their production costs and even help pay living expenses.

They could receive up to $500,000 in loans.

Read the full story in Saturday's Register or e-paper.

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