Franklin County farmers might qualify for aid

Franklin County farmers and ranchers who have experienced weather-related losses might qualify for federal assistance.

Those who suffered damage from recent thunderstorms may qualify for Emergency Conservation Program benefits, which can provide up to 75 percent of the cost to restore cropland that was damaged by runoff, said Bruce Clatterbuck, Farm Service Agency county executive director, in a news release.

Franklin County, along with Adams, Benton, Grant, Doulgas, Kittitas and Yakima counties, are eligible for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program Land, he said.

All of the emergency programs, including the emergency loan program, require consulting the Farm Service Agency to determine if the farm or ranch would be eligible.