COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - All of South Carolina has been declared a federal disaster area as a result of the heavy rains that have inundated the state since last spring.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack has notified Governor Nikki Haley that her request for a disaster designation has been approved.
That means farmers across the state who suffered crop losses because of the heavy rains can qualify for low-interest recovery loans.
Vilsack designated 36 counties primary disaster areas and the state's remaining counties as contiguous disaster areas.
But farmers in all counties qualify for loans.