Tennessee Qualifies for Disaster Aid

In an announcement earlier this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam revealed that 14 counties have qualified to receive federal disaster funding. The disaster declaration was caused by excessive heat and drought from earlier in 2011.

Like much of the rest of the United States, Tennessee has been suffering from an ongoing drought. Farmers across the state have reported up to thirty percent crop losses ranging from corn and soybeans to tobacco.

In his statement, Haslam praised the Agriculture Department, saying, “Agriculture is important to the state and contributes significantly to our rural economy. I’m pleased that USDA has acted on my request so promptly. I hope this assistance helps eligible farmers recover and better prepare for the upcoming growing season.”

The counties in question include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Fentress, Haywood, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott and Wilson.

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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer