The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Chase and Keith counties in western Nebraska as natural disaster areas.
The designation comes in response to excessive rain, hail and high winds that struck the region in June.
Farmers and ranchers may also qualify for natural disaster assistance if they live in Arthur, Deuel, Dundy, Garden, Hayes, Lincoln, McPherson or Perkins counties.
A federal disaster designation allows farm operators to obtain low-interest emergency loans, if they meet eligibility requirements.
Farmers have eight months from the declaration date to apply for a loan to cover part of their actual losses.
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