WASHINGTON, D.C. - New federal assistance is available for Ohio farmers and agricultural producers who experienced crop or production loss due to severe weather from Feb. 2 – July 31, 2011.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Thursday announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined a primary disaster designation for 49 counties due to excessive rain, flash flooding, high winds, excessive heat, and tornadoes.

In addition to the 49 primary counties, 38 other Ohio counties are also designated as contiguous disaster counties.

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