Gov. Haley Barbour said several Mississippi counties that reported agricultural losses will be eligible for federal assistance in the aftermath of the Mississippi River flood.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed damage assessments from counties in the flooded area and farmers will be able to access emergency loans and other assistance through their local USDA Farm Service Agency office.
The declaration covers Adams, Claiborne, Desoto, Humphries, Jefferson, Quitman, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo counties. The USDA issued a contiguous disaster declaration for Amite, Attala, Coahoma, Copiah, Franklin, Hinds, Holmes, Leflore, Lincoln, Madison, Marshall, Panola, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica and Washington counties.
Counties eligible for Farm Service Agency loan assistance include Coahoma, Holmes, Panola, Sharkey, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica and Washington counties.