(St. Paul, MN) -- Some much needed news for farmers in 18 Minnesota counties.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has opened up federal emergency loans and other assistance for farmers in Becker, Clay, Norman, Otter Tail and Wilkin counties.
This as drought conditions continue to persist in many rural counties across the state.
Other counties eligible for aid include Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Martin, Brown, Murray, Redwood, Faribault, Nicollet, Waseca, Jackson, Nobles, Watonwan and Le Sueur.
The disaster aid comes less than one week after Ag Secretary Vilsack toured farms across the state with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.