(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has made a request for a disaster declaration for the entire state of Arkansas as a result of drought conditions that have hit the state.
The governor formally asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Tuesday for a Secretarial Disaster Designation to cover all 75 counties, stating that dry weather conditions have led to 88 percent of the state being in severe drought and 36 percent of the state being in extreme drought.
A release from Governor Beebe's office stated that if approved, the disaster designation would allow eligible farmers and ranchers to get emergency loans to support operations hampered by the drought.
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