Earth Brief

Drought loans available to farmers, ranchers

La Plata, Montezuma, Archuleta, San Miguel and Dolores county farmers and ranchers may be eligible for low-interest federal emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met, to help cover losses they have sustained as a result of the effects of drought conditions.

Farmers or ranchers must apply no later than Sept. 9. No applications may be accepted after this date.

For more information, visit the Farm Service Agency, 628 W. Fifth St., Cortez or call (970) 565-8879, ext. 107. The agency is a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Herald Staff