(AP) — The lingering drought has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to
declare a natural disaster in 14 more of Indiana's 92 counties.
The USDA added
the following counties Wednesday: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware,
Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton,
Vermillion, Vigo and White. Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for
low-interest relief loans from the federal government.
earlier had been declared natural disaster areas.
U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday showed that nearly 54
percent of Indiana is now in extreme drought.
officials say 71 percent of Indiana's corn crop is in poor to very poor
condition due to drought and heat stress.
conditions are expected to continue as late as October.