Webb Urges For Agricultural Disaster Designation In Virginia

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.

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