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Tornado and drought damaged areas in Illinois will receive disaster funds

Overturned tree filled with debris after tornado moved through Crawford County in April 2023.

URBANA – Illinois farmers affected by severe weather this spring will be able to apply for emergency loans.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack issued four disaster declarations for the state of Illinois. The designations were for the following dates, storms, and primary counties affected:

March 31, 2023 Tornado Bureau, Clark & Crawford Counties
April 4, 2023 Tornado Fulton
March 31-April 5, 2023 Tornadoes and High Winds Henry, Mercer, Rock Island & Sangamon
Planting Season Drought Randolph
The natural disaster designation means farmers have eight months to apply for USDA Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Those eligible should contact their local USDA Service Center to ask questions or file a Notice of Loss.
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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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