|Phillips Co. qualifies for drought loans|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
In accordance with 7 CFR 759.5(a), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack designated 15 Colorado counties as a primary natural disaster area due to drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the 15 counties have suffered from a drought intensity value during the growing season of (1) D2 (drought-severe) for eight or more consecutive weeks; or (2) D3 (drought-extreme) or D4 (drought-exceptional).
Colorado primary counties include Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, El Paso, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Sedgwick and Yuma.
In accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, 10 counties are named as contiguous disaster counties. The Colorado contiguous counties included under this designation are Arapahoe, Costilla, Custer, Douglas, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Logan, Teller and Washington.
In addition, in accordance with section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, counties in adjacent states are named as contiguous disaster areas. Those states, counties and numbers are Kansas, seven; Nebraska, four; New Mexico, two; and Oklahoma, one.
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