OCTOBER 12, 2006 - Posted at 11:14 a.m. CDT
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The federal government declares 85 Missouri counties, including one in Region 8, as primary disaster areas because of the prolonged drought.
The USDA's disaster declaration makes farmers eligible for low-interest emergency loans and cost sharing on water-related activities. A primary county is one that has experienced at least a 30 percent crop loss.
Twenty other counties, including four in Region 8, were declared contiguous counties because they're located next to the primary counties.
The primary county included in Region 8 is Shannon County, while the continuous counties include Bollinger, Carter, Oregon and Howell.