DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The United States Department of Agriculture has designated Butler, Defiance, Fulton, Hamilton, Henry, Paulding, Preble, Putnam and Van Wert Counties as primary natural disaster counties due to severe and excessive drought for eight or more consecutive weeks during the growing season.
The USDA has also designated Allen, Auglaize, Clermont, Darke, Hancock, Lucas, Mercer, Montgomery, Warren, Williams and Wood Counties as contiguous disaster counties.
"Ohio producers whose livelihoods are threatened by no fault of their own rely on the FSA's emergency loan programs and a strong farms safety net so they can manage risk on their farms and continue to provide a reliable food supply for Ohio and the world." said Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown Wednesday. "The USDA disaster designation for these 24 counties provides important access to USDA assistance for Ohioans in Agriculture, but what farmers need most is the certainty that only a five-year farm bill can provide."
With this disaster designation, primary and contiguous counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency for emergency loans. These loans can help producers if cash flow is low due to losses.
A Clark County man pled not guilty to a charges of child endangering, assault, and domestic violence Monday.
The Logan County band director convicted on sex charges involving students was sentenced Monday afternoon.
A tractor-trailer was involved in an accident on westbound Interstate 70 in Preble County.
State police say a truck driver from Ohio has been found dead in the sleeping compartment of his rig after pulling off the Pennsylvania Turnpike during bad weather.
Dayton police detectives are investigating a homicide Sunday night at the newly opened truck stop on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.