USDA Approves Governor’s Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration

Springfield…Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) released the statement below following USDA’s approval to designate 87 counties in Illinois eligible to receive federal assistance as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding:

Illinois farmers were faced with record flooding this year which severely affected their crops. The announcement by the USDA to offer assistance to farmers in my district which includes Montgomery, Macoupin, and Madison counties is needed and appreciated. I would like to thank Governor Rauner and the USDA for their leadership in providing relief for our farmers."