Several local counties classified as drought disaster areas

FRANKFORT, KY (FOX19) - Governor Steve Beshear announced on Monday more Kentucky counties have been classified as drought disaster areas.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared an additional 68 counties as primary disaster areas in a letter to Gov. Beshear. Among those added are Boone, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Lewis, Owen, Pendleton and Robertson Counties.

"We are pleased that Sec. Vilsack has issued this disaster designation for the benefit of additional farm families in Kentucky.  While some areas have seen rain in recent weeks, it did not arrive in time to mitigate agricultural losses in these counties," said Gov. Beshear. "The widespread impact this drought has had on the Commonwealth can be seen in that 97 percent of the state is covered by a disaster designation. I appreciate Sec. Vilsack's continued support of our farm families."

USDA has designated 1,670 counties as disaster areas due to drought so far.

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