17 Drought Counties Get Government Assistance

The federal government says 17 Colorado counties affected by drought are eligible for assistance after being designated natural disaster areas.

The Denver Post reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday the designation makes family-sized farm operators in those counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. The counties designated as drought disaster areas are all on the Eastern Plains and southern Colorado. They include Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, El Paso, Kiowa, Lincoln, and Pueblo counties.