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Oklahoma farmers and ranchers to receive USDA assistance

September 11, 2007

Oklahoma City – In response to a request from Gov. Brad Henry, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has declared 75 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties disaster areas, making farmers and ranchers eligible for assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The two counties not included in the disaster declaration – Pontotoc and Pushmataha – will be named as contiguous counties, making farmers and ranchers in every county eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the USDA, provided eligibility requirements are met.

“This designation will not solve every problem that confronts Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, but it is a step in the right direction,” Gov. Henry said. “Oklahoma has seen some remarkable weather this year, and that has taken a toll on Oklahoma’s individual agricultural producers and an industry that is vital to our state.”

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