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Western wisconsin farmers may seek emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for losses caused in the mid-April blizzard.

The disaster designation by the Farm Service Agency administrator means that low-interest emergency loans are available to farmers who had severe physical losses from snow and high winds during the April 13-15 storm.

Counties included in the disaster designation are: Dunn, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe and Trempealeau.

In addition, eligible farmers in counties bordering the disaster counties may also receive loans, including Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire, Juneau and Vernon counties.

Farmers have eight months to apply for the loans. Farmers should contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency office for more information on loan eligibility and the application process.

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