35 counties have been designated as eligible for West Virginia Farm Service Agency Emergency Loans.
Executive Director Robert Ferrebee says the loans are for farm families who suffered severe losses as a result of severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides beginning on April 14th.
There are 18 counties that were directly affected by the storms. They are as follows: Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Gilmer, Grant, Hardy, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Putnam, Upshur, Wayne, Webster and Wyoming.
17 counties bordering the hardest hit areas are also eligible for the loans. Those counties are: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Harrison, Kanawha, Mason, Mercer, Mineral, Nicholas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor and Tucker.
Farmers can apply for the emergency loans through January Tenth at their local F-S-A offices. Officials in those offices can also provide details about eligibility requirements.