Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the designation after periods of weather that occurred starting in February 2011 and May 2011. The designation made earlier this year means qualified farm operators are eligible for low-interest emergency loans.
Twenty-nine counties — including Ottawa County — were designated primary natural disaster areas for weather including rain, wind, snow, flooding and tornadoes that started in February 2011. Ten got the designation for similar weather, drought and excessive heat starting at that point.
Six counties were designated primary natural disaster for drought and excessive heat starting in May 2011.
Lists of the counties are on the USDA’s website.
Details of disaster designation: http://1.usa.gov/xCNBuf