October 17, 2007
Senator Jim Webb is urging the acting Secretary of Agriculture to designate the commonwealth a statewide agricultural disaster area.
The disaster designation would enable farmers and livestock producers affected by the recent drought conditions to apply for low-interest loans and qualify for federal assistance.
Under the federal disaster designation, Virginia farmers who lose 30% of their farm income would be eligible for up to $500,000 in low-interest loans from the U.S. Farm Service Agency for losses sustained during 2007.
Governor Kaine has also asked for the commonwealth to receive the disaster designation.