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USDA offers disaster relief loans to Ohio farmers
Northeast Ohio farmers can apply for loans for two different natural disasters this year. 

Simon Husted

The US Department of Agriculture Wednesday designated 85 counties in Ohio for natural disaster relief.

Farmers in those counties, and all that border them, can apply for low interest loans of up to 5-thousand dollars for crops and livestock they lost in this summer’s drought.

Jim Radintz  administers the loan program and says Ohio farmers have eight months from today’s announcement to apply.

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“They would need some documentation that they’ve suffered at least a 30 percent loss," Radintz says. "The documentation that they would have in conjunction with their crop insurance will suffice. The one thing is, we are not allowed to duplicate benefits.  Any payments they receive from crop insurance would be deducted from whatever amount they would qualify in the form of a loan.”

The announcement also offers loans to farmers in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties who lost crops and livestock from cold weather this past spring. 

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