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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2009

Governor Quinn’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration Approved
Declaration will assist farmers in 88 Illinois counties

SPRINGFIELD – September 13, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced federal disaster assistance is available to help Illinois farmers who suffered crop losses because of excessive rain and flooding this year.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has granted the Governor’s request to designate 58 Illinois counties as natural disaster areas. The designation qualifies farmers in those counties and 30 contiguous counties for USDA assistance, including low-interest emergency loans.

“While the latest USDA report indicates Illinois will harvest a near-record corn crop, damage assessments conducted this spring and summer show some farmers may have suffered significant production losses because of heavy rains,” Governor Quinn said. “The loans that this declaration triggers will help those farmers who weren’t able to plant a crop. They can be used not only to pay production costs, but also to refinance existing debt and cover essential family living expenses.”

The period from April through July this year is the ninth wettest on record in Illinois. Precipitation, which was higher than normal each of those four months, totaled 20.94 inches, or 4.74 inches above average.

Because of the extremely wet conditions, the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Illinois Field Office estimates 100,000 acres of corn that would have been harvested for grain or silage were abandoned. The crop currently is forecast to yield 179 bushels an acre, which means as many as 17.9 million bushels of corn may have been lost due to flooding.

The 58 counties declared as primary disaster areas are:

Adams
Alexander
Bond
Boone
Brown
Calhoun
Christian
Clark
Clay
Clinton
 
Crawford
Cumberland
Douglas
Edwards
Effingham
Fayette
Fulton
Gallatin
Greene
Hamilton
 
Hardin
Jackson
Jasper
Jefferson
Jersey
Johnson
Lake
Lawrence
Lee
Macoupin
 
Madison
Marion
Massac
McDonough
McHenry
Mercer
Monroe
Montgomery
Morgan
Ogle
 
Perry
Piatt
Pike
Pope
Pulaski
Randolph
Richland
Saline
Schuyler
Scott
 
Shelby
St. Clair
Stephenson
Union
Wabash
Washington
Wayne
Whiteside


 

The 30 contiguous counties approved for disaster assistance include:

Bureau
Carroll
Cass
Champaign
Coles
Cook
 
DeKalb
DeWitt
Edgar
Franklin
Hancock
Henderson
 
Henry
Jo Daviess
Kane
Knox
La Salle
Macon
 
Mason
McLean
Moultrie
Peoria
Rock Island
Sangamon
 
Tazewell
Vermilion
Warren
White
Williamson
Winnebago

Farmers who believe they may qualify for disaster assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Staff in county Farm Service Agency offices can verify whether producers have crops that are eligible for emergency funds. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and applicant’s repayment ability.



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