Aug 27, 2016 11:50 AM

Farmers in drought-stricken counties eligible for help

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Farmers in most New Hampshire counties may be eligible for federal help recovering from this summer's drought.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted Gov. Maggie Hassan's request to designate Hillsborough, Merrimack and Rockingham counties as primary natural disaster areas. Five other counties — Belknap, Cheshire, Grafton, Strafford and Sullivan — have been deemed contiguous disaster counties. Farm operators in each of the eight counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance.

Farmers interested in applying for assistance should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.

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