OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Brad Henry says federal aid has been
approved for farmers and ranchers in 72 Oklahoma counties who
suffered damage because of drought, extreme heat and high winds
over the past year.
Henry announced the aid package on Wednesday. It means farmers
and ranchers in the counties are eligible for low-interest loans to
cover their losses.
In a letter to the governor, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack says loss assessments indicated there was enough damage to
merit a primary disaster declaration in 58 counties. Under federal
regulations, another 14 contiguous counties also qualify.
Last month, Gov. Henry requested an agricultural disaster
declaration for all 77 Oklahoma counties. The only counties that
will not receive federal aid are Craig, Kay, Nowata, Ottawa and