Relief For Bay Area Farms Hurt By July Heat Wave

CALIFORNIA - Sonoma, Solano and 14 other counties have been designated disaster areas that are eligible for consideration of economic assistance because of the heat wave in July.
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Farmers and ranchers in 16 counties are eligible to be considered for emergency loan assistance from the federal Farm Service Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requested a disaster declaration for the counties affected by the record-setting heat in July.

"I applaud Secretary Mike Johanns for expediting this much needed assistance to our agricultural community," Schwarzenegger said.

Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa and Napa counties were named contiguous disaster counties that also will be eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the FSA if eligibility requirements are met.

The FSA will consider each application on its own merit based on the extent of production losses, security available and repayment ability, Johanns said.

Schwarzenegger's office said thousands of dairy cattle and other livestock and poultry were lost, milk and egg production was significantly reduced, and many of the Central Valley's crops were damaged during the 14-day, 100-degree-plus heat wave in late July and early August.

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