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Area farmers can seek disaster aid

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Area farmers can be considered for disaster aid from the summer derecho, it was announced by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack.

In an Oct. 10 letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell, Vilsack states he was declaring Page, Albemarle and Nelson counties as primary natural disaster areas "due to losses caused by excessive rain, hail, high winds, and lightning associated with a derecho that occurred during the period of June 28 through July 3, 2012.

As part of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Shenandoah, Warren, Rockingham, Rappahannock, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rockbridge counties, as well as Charlottesville, are considered contiguous disaster areas, according to the letter.

Farmers in primary and contiguous disaster areas who meet certain conditions are eligible for consideration of assistance from the Farm Service Agency, it states.

They willl have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance.

More information is available from local FSA offices.

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