USDA declares natural disaster designation in Ohio counties

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PARKERSBURG W.Va. (WTAP) - The USDA announced that 40 Ohio counties, including Athens, Meigs, and Washington, be designated for disaster following rain, flooding and other weather conditions, according to a release from Ohio governor Mike DeWine.

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, designated several counties as primary natural disaster areas due to production losses caused by extreme weather events during the 2019 crop year.

“This has been a very tough year for farmers,” Governor DeWine said. “We appreciate the Secretary’s actions in reviewing the information about production losses in these counties and making these natural disaster designations.”

DeWine has also encouraged farmers in the 40 counties affected to seek potential relief from the USDA.