7 Central PA counties among those eligible for disaster relief stemming from last year’s heavy rainfall

FOX43 file photo from August 31, 2018 shows flash flood warters along Route 283 in Lancaster County.

HARRISBURG — The Wolf Administration today notified farmland owners in 61 Pennsylvania counties — including seven in Central Pennsylvania — that they are eligible to receive disaster relief assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture.

“Statewide disaster relief assistance is a vital resource that helps farmers overcome challenges caused by unpredictable weather and conditions outside of their control,” said Governor Tom Wolf in a press release. “The past year was particularly challenging for Pennsylvania agriculture, so I encourage all eligible producers to apply for this assistance ahead of the next growing season.”

Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties are counted among eligible primary and contiguous counties, according to the announcement.

The statewide disaster funding will help with losses caused by the extended rainfall that occurred during the 2018 crop year. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found athttp://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

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