Ten counties are applying for federal drought disaster designations.
According to Governor Tim Kaine, his office is helping with paperwork for the counties of Bland, Lee, Washington, Brunswick, Russell, Wise, Caroline, Scott, Culpeper, and Smyth.
Disaster declarations make farm operators in both primary and adjacent areas eligible to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, if they meet certain eligibility requirements.
Meanwhile, two Southside counties that lost much of their fruit crop in freezing temperatures in early April have gotten a federal disaster declaration.
Governor Tim Kaine says the USDA designated Carroll and Patrick Counties primary natural disaster areas due to the cold temperatures that occurred from April 6th through April 10th.
Farmers in adjacent localities also may be eligible for federal assistance: the counties of Floyd, Grayson, Pulaski, Franklin, Henry and Wythe, and the city of Galax.