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All but 4 Illinois Counties now a Disaster Area

The U.S Department of Agriculture has declared nearly all of Illinois a disaster area because of the drought and excessive heat.

Federal disaster assistance is now available to help farmers in 98 of Illinois’ 102 counties, that includes all counties in Central Illinois.

Farmers who think they may be eligible for the assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency office. Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Read more: All but 4 Illinois Counties now a Disaster Area

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Crunch Week For Farm Bill


It is likely that there will be a one year extension of the current farm bill.  WGFA National Farm Broadcacaster, Ken Root, is following the efforts of the Chair of the House Ag Commitee to put it together in a single day this week: {audio}images/stories/173012.mp3{/audio}
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Livestock Aid To Come From House of Representatives


There is  a good chance the U.S. House of Representatives will approve some type of aid for drought stricken livestock producers next week.  They may have to rob Peter to pay Paul but WGFA's National Farm Broadcaster Ken Root says they are good at doing so: {audio}images/stories/172712.mp3{/audio}
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Ethanol In Trouble In Drought Year


The drop in corn production could have a major impact on the production of ethanol
Here's more on the Story from WGFA National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root: {audio}images/stories/273012.mp3{/audio}
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Farm Bill Dead For Now, Extension Is Only Hope


One more week for the House of Representatives before they pour out of the nation's capitol to run for re-election.  The unfinished business includes handling farm legislation.  WGFA's National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root, says it's likely that an extension of the 2008 law will be passed with relief for livestock producers: {audio}images/stories/272712.mp3{/audio}