28 Tennessee counties named natural disaster areas

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 28 counties in Tennessee as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat beginning in June.

They are Bedford, Bradley, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Dyer, Fayette, Hamilton, Henry, Hickman, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Moore, Perry, Polk, Rhea, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan, Tipton, Unicoi, Union, Washington and Williamson.

Forty-four contiguous counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Qualified farmers in the counties become eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency. There are a variety of programs besides the loans to help.

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