Holcomb calls for nearly statewide disaster declaration

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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA21) – Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday announced that he is requesting a federal disaster designation for 88 of the state’s 92 counties because of rain-related agricultural losses.

The request was made in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. It includes every Indiana county in the ABC21 viewing area.

“Heavy and persistent rainfall has saturated fields across the state, hurting Indiana crops and our farmers,” Holcomb said. “As I continue to monitor this situation, Hoosier farmers can rest assured that we will keep a close eye on the long-term effects of these relentless rains.”

If granted, the designation would allow for emergency low-interest loans to those affected.

Earlier this week, experts said this year’s corn crop would be among the worst in recent decades, due to over-saturation of fields during the typical planting season.

A USDA disaster designation can be requested when at least 30 percent of one crop is damaged or lost in a county.

 

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley

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