Gov. Pat Quinn declared Jackson County a natural disaster area for farmers after excessive rain and flooding from April through July caused massive crop losses.
According to a press release from Quinn's office, April through July produced the ninth wettest period on record in Illinois, causing an estimated 100,000 acres of corn to be abandoned. The release declared 58 counties as disaster areas, with 30 more counties being approved for disaster assistance. The designation qualifies farmers in those counties for assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including low-interest loans.
Tim W. Reynolds, farm loan manager of the Williamson County Farm Service Agency, said farmers generally wait until the end of their harvest season before determining their losses and deciding to apply for government aid.
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