Christian County eligible for low-interest USDA loans to repair agricultural damage from December tornadoes

The low-interest loans can be used for physical losses and to help "repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses."

Christian County is one of several counties affected by the December storms that produced tornadoes and high winds throughout Western Kentucky that are now eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Agricultural, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles has announced.

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A destroyed silo on Boddie Road between Darnell and Palmyra roads in South Christian was among the damage surveyed by the National Weather Service in Paducah following the December storms. (National Weather Service photo)

“Both my office and I have been on the ground in Western Kentucky and witnessed the historic and devastating destruction that hit the region last month,” Quarles said in a news release. “Our farmers need funds and resources to maintain operations and rebuild. The low-interest loans offered by USDA may help some get back on their feet and regain some sense of normalcy.”

The low-interest loans can be used for physical losses and to help “repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses.” Examples of property commonly affected include essential farm buildings, fixtures to real estate, equipment, livestock, perennial crops, fruit and nut-bearing trees, and harvested or stored crops and hay, according to the news release.

The agency’s Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool and associated fact sheet can help determine loan options. For more information, individuals should contact their local USDA Service Center.

The deadline to apply for the loans is Aug. 30.

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