Drought assistance loans available in 3 Arizona counties

Drought assistance loans available in 3 Arizona counties

PHOENIX (AP) – Farmers and ranchers in three western Arizona counties may apply for emergency loans to cope with drought conditions.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture says the federal government on Wednesday added more California counties to those previously declared natural disaster areas. That means La Paz, Mohave and Yuma counties now qualify because they share borders with the primary declaration areas.

Arizona Agriculture Director Mark Killian says the federal low-interest loans can help ranchers and farmers keep their businesses afloat during tough economic times resulting from crops ruined due to lack of rain.

The state agency says details on the available loan types and information on how to apply are on the Farm Service Administration’s website www.fsa.usda.gov

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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