October 18, 2007
Thursday Governor Kaine announced that the acting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has designated 78 additional Virginia counties and 34 independent cities as primary natural disaster areas due to reductions in farm production caused by drought and high temperatures.
With the additional designations, all Virginia counties are now covered with the exception of Arlington and York counties. Arlington and York were not approved as primary natural disaster areas because they were not found to have sustained qualifying crop losses due to the natural disaster.
The disaster designations make farmers eligible for low-interest loans and any supplemental relief that may be provided by Congress.
For previously issued disaster designations and additional drought-related information, visit the VDACS drought webpage at the website below.
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