By The Associated Press
JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated four Mississippi counties as primary natural disaster areas due to the summer drought.
USDA on Thursday also said farmers and ranchers counties that adjoin the primary disaster areas are also eligible for assistance.
The primary disaster counties are DeSoto, Panola, Tate and Tunica.
The contiguous counties where aid is also available are Coahoma, Lafayette, Marshall, Quitman, Tallahatchie and Yalobusha.
Producers in the affected areas can qualify for low-interest government loans.