JB Pritzker

(JB Pritzker campaign photo)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday that they have declared an agricultural disaster in all 102 counties in the state of Illinois.

As WSPY has previously reported, Gov. JB Pritzker requested that the USDA make the declaration on Jul. 3 following historic flooding across the state.

Pritzker says "Illinois farmers have experienced months of hardship due to extreme weather across the state, but today's declaration means that we can begin the road to recovery."

For farmers and agri-businesses in Illinois who experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented spring planting season, this Secretarial Disaster Declaration will provided new federal resources to aid recovery efforts.

Low interest FSA emergency loans may be used to restore or replace essential property, cover production costs and pay essential family living expenses.

Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture John Sullivan he thanks Gov. Pritzker for his leadership and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for "his responsiveness to providing this needed assistance to Illinois' agricultural community."