HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) -- Federal officials say Henderson, Union, Webster and surrounding counties in western Kentucky are among those being designated as disaster areas.
The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/NjOmry) reports the announcement Wednesday is due to the extreme drought and record-breaking heat this summer.
The newspaper says only one-third of the normal rain has fallen in the Henderson area since April 1st, when the growing season. The area has suffered the hottest and driest June recorded. The weather has stunted the expected corn yield and the development of soybean plants.
The disaster designation means qualified farmers are eligible for low-interest emergency loans.