37 Kansas counties named disaster areas because of severe drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 37 western Kansas counties as natural disaster areas because of drought.

Cheyenne, Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Gove, Graham, Grant, Gray, Greeley, Hamilton, Haskell, Hodgeman, Kearny, Lane, Logan, Meade, Morton, Ness, Norton, Pawnee, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Rush, Scott, Seward, Sheridan, Sherman, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Trego, Wallace and Wichita counties were named disaster areas after severe drought that continued into 2013 substantially affected farm and ranch operations.

Farmers and ranchers in eight adjoining counties – Barber, Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Osborne, Russell, Smith, and Stafford – also qualify for disaster assistance.

The counties are eligible for disaster programs, such as the emergency loan program administrated by the Farm Service Agency.