Grady County is included on a list of designated 'disaster areas' released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture following a summer of spotty rain.
The report lists 151 of the 159 counties in Georgia as 'primary disaster areas caused by excessive drought and heat.'
The distinction allows farmers in Grady County and other affected areas to apply for emergency loans at a much lower interest rate.
Says Grady County Agriculture Agent, "Even though the loans are at a low interest rate, a lot of farmers are not going to take advantage of them because they don't want the increased debt load."
The USDA's report comes in response to a request from Governor Sonny Perdue to protect Georgia's farmers after many were hit with unusually hot and dry weather during July and August.
The Farm Service Agency says farmers have until July 26, 2011 to apply for an emergency loan through their office