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February 4, 2014 > Drought affects Santa Clara County

Drought affects Santa Clara County

Submitted By Janice Rombeck

Santa Clara County is among 27 counties that the United States Department of Agricultural has designated a Òprimary natural disaster areaÓ because of current drought conditions, which makes farm operators eligible for federal assistance, including emergency loans.

The designation by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vislack was made just days after Supervisor Dave Cortese called on county administrators to conduct an analysis of current drought conditions with short- and long-term solutions to lessen the impact on residents, farmers and businesses. Cortese also sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown expressing his concern about drought conditions and offering Santa Clara County as a site for hearings on the droughtÕs impact on rural and urban areas.

ÒCalifornia is experiencing one of the driest winters on record following two years of winters without adequate rain and snow,Ó Cortese said. ÒThe drought designation will help our residents in rural areas of the county who have been hardest hit.Ó

The analysis requested by Cortese will be heard by the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee at the February 20 meeting beginning at 10 a.m. at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose.

Farm operators interested in federal aid should contact the local Farm Service Agency, 2337 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA, at 831-639-4360.

For more information, please call Supervisor CorteseÕs office at 408-299-5030.

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