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Four Iowa counties designated as natural disaster areas due to drought

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated four counties in Iowa as primary natural disaster areas following a recent drought. 

Farmers and ranchers in Keokuk, Davis, Henry and Van Buren counties may qualify for federal assistance after a drought this year, which was designated as a natural disaster last month. People in contiguous counties to those four -- including Washington, Iowa, Appanoose, Jefferson, Mahaska, Wapello, Des Moines, Lee, Monroe, Louisa and Poweshiek -- may also qualify for assistance under the order.

Farmers in the named counties have eight months from the date of the declaration on October 4 to apply for loans to help cover losses.

Learn more on the USDA's Drought Resource webpage.

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