Pritzker seeks federal assistance

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is urging U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to declare a Secretarial Disaster Declaration for Illinois farmers.

The USDA’s Farm Services Agency (FSA) recently convened a State Emergency Board meeting that recommended all 102 Illinois counties be declared an agriculture disaster.

The declaration, if ratified by the secretary, will provide access to federal resources for farmers and agri-businesses who experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented spring planting season.