Farmers in Carroll County who lose at least 30 percent of their crops to the drought can apply for federal low-interest loans and emergency hay and grazing privileges. The relief became available Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 18 Maryland counties eligible for drought aid.
The designation names as disaster areas Allegany, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Prince George's, St. Mary's and Washington counties. Farmers in 10 adjacent counties also may qualify for emergency loan assistance.
Farmers seeking the 4.5 percent interest loans, which can be usedfor operating or living expenses, must apply to the Farmers Home Administration office in their areas by April 9, 1992. Loans of up to $500,000 are available. The FHA determines eligibility on the basis of average crop yields for the past five years. Carroll farmers must call the Frederick County office, at (301) 663-5461, for applications.