The state of Illinois has launched four loan-specific programs to help with drought relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the offerings during an appearance at a southern Illinois farm. The drought has hit the southern part of the state the hardest. Quinn says the programs, operated throught the Illinois Finance Authority, are available right now to anyone in the state impacted by the dry conditions.
Specific information on the programs is available at drought.illinois.gov. Quinn also encouraged farmers to contact their representatives in the U.S. House and Senate, urging them to enact a new farm bill. Phil Nelson, president of the Bloomington-based Illinois Farm Bureau, says the proposed legislation includes major crop insurance features he says are critically necessary during the drought. Quinn also says Champaign County is among 7 counties being submitted for disaster relief. Last week, the federal government certified 26 southern Illinois counties as disaster areas.
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