- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering federal programs to Maine’s farmers and livestock producers to help them recover from a drought that has impacted the state.

The USDA’s Maine Farm Service Agency is offering disaster assistance and low-interest loans to help food producers. They include the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

USDA Maine Farm Service Agency Executive Director Don Todd says the safety-net programs were reinstated with the 2014 Farm Bill and allow the USDA to respond to the needs of food producers who have suffered because of a natural disaster.

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