The United States Department of Agriculture has granted disaster designation for widespread crop losses in 11 Maryland counties, the state's Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.
Farm operators in Dorchester, Frederick, Somerset, Wicomico, Caroline, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Talbot, Washington, and Worcester counties can be considered for USDA Farm Service Agency assistance provided they meet eligibility requirements. The designation was also granted to Adams and Franklin Counties in Pennsylvania, Accomack and Loudon counties in Virginia, and Sussex County in Delaware.
The assistance includes access to USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Eligible farmers have eight months from the date of the designation to apply for loan assistance.