Quinn asks federal gov't for drought aid for Illinois

July 16, 2012 2:03:55 PM PDT
Gov. Pat Quinn is calling on the federal government to grant disaster designation to seven more counties in Illinois.

Quinn visited a downstate community devastated by the drought Monday afternoon.

Twenty six counties were determined eligible for emergency support by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week.

The governor is also calling on Congress to pass the farm bill which includes assistance for crops and livestock.

"We cannot delay and run in place," he said. "This is the heart and soul of the Illinois economy. Forty percent of our economy depends on our agriculture on our corn, our soybeans and our livestock."

Farmers can also now seek assistance from the Farm Service Agency. It's partnering with local banks to activate four programs statewide to accelerate support to eligible farmers.