- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture for federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers affected by flooding.

Tuesday’s letter seeks disaster aid for Cross, Lee, Prairie, Woodruff, Independence, Lonoke, St. Francis, Jackson, Monroe and White counties. Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has also requested a disaster designation.

The declaration request says Arkansas has suffered damage and losses to crops and pastures from flooding that began June 29.

A declaration from the USDA would allow farmers to apply for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency.

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