Thursday, August 13, 2015 02:21 PM
CHAMPAIGN- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 87 counties in Illinois, including Champaign and Vermilion counties, as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses by the unprecedented rain and flooding over this summer.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our economy,” said State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign). “It is important for us to work together to help farmers through these difficult times. Local farmers keep the state’s economy going and growing.”
Farmers who believe they may be eligible for assistance should contact their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
Here is the contact information for Champaign and Vermilion County residents:
Champaign County Farm Service Agency:
2110 West Park Ct., Suite A
Champaign, IL 61821-2986
(217) 352-3536 ext 2
(855) 240-6623 Fax
Vermilion County Farm Service Agency:
1905A US Route 150
Danville, IL 61832-5396
(217) 442-8511 ext 2
(855) 688-3986 Fax
Loan applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. The extent of losses, security available and applicant's repayment ability will determine eligibility. Farmers who have questions can contact their county service agency or the state FSA at (217) 241-6600.
If residents need further assistance, please contact Senator Scott Bennett’s constituent office at (217) 355-5252 or visit www.SenatorBennett.com.
Sen. Scott Bennett
52nd Senate District
Years served: 2015 - Present
Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Gaming; Higher Education; Labor.
Biography: Bennett grew up in Gibson City, where four generations of his family worked on their family farm. He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.