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TN Gov requests federal farm aide for 12 more counties

By WRCB Staff

NASHVILLE (WRCB) -- Governor Phil Bredesen has requested a secretarial designation of natural disaster for agriculture for 12 additional counties as a result of drought and excessive heat during the growing season.

The list includes Benton, Bledsoe, Blount, Carroll, Greene, Loudon, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Roane, Warren, and Weakley.

"This has been an unusual year for farmers across the state, beginning with the May flood, continuing with extreme heat during the summer and ending the growing season in a drought," said Bredesen. "Farmers are in a tough business made even more difficult by the uncertainty of the weather."

Bredesen made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

A secretarial disaster designation would make farmers in these and adjoining counties eligible to apply for low-interest loans and supplemental farm payments through their local USDA Farm Service Agency.

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