LoBiondo & Saxton Applaud Emergency Declaration Granted to Southern New Jersey Farmers by US Department of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and Jim Saxton (NJ-03) today announced that 17 counties across New Jersey have received disaster designation by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns for damage to farms and crops caused by excessive precipitation, high winds, hail and high humidity since June 1, 2006.
"This is certainly good news for South Jersey's farmers, whose livelihood depends on the cooperation of mother nature. With this year's volatile weather, our farmers have unquestionably suffered significant economic hardship," said Congressman LoBiondo. "I applaud Secretary Johanns for recognizing the critical role our agriculture sector plays in our local and state economies, and for making these low-interest loans available to farmers in need."
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Under the Secretary's declaration, the following counties will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren.