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USDA offers tornado aid to SW Va farmers

Tuesday - 6/28/2011, 4:15pm  ET

ABINGDON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering financial help to farmers in four Southwest Virginia counties whose property was damaged by tornadoes in April.

The agency said Tuesday in a news release that farmers in Lee and Scott counties are eligible to apply for loan interest emergency loans.

The agency also has set aside $2 million to reimburse farmers in Washington and Smyth counties for tornado damage.

Ron Hale with the Farm Service Agency tells the Bristol Herald Courier that farmers in Washington and Smyth counties can receive up to 75 percent of the costs involved with rebuilding fencing or clearing storm debris from their property. The maximum grant is $200,000.

Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Virginia's appeal for aid to assist tornado victims.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com


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