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USDA issues drought disaster for E. Idaho counties

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials have issued a disaster declaration for Clark County in eastern Idaho due to a lack of rain for the last two months.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week also put four other nearby counties up for possible relief -- Butte, Fremont, Jefferson and Lemhi.

The declaration makes farmers in the counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans to help cover part of any losses attributed to the dry conditions. Growers can apply for assistance for the next eight months.

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