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Financial Help Offered To Farmers Hurt By Drought

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    A non-profit has reopened an emergency loan fund to help western Massachusetts farmers who have suffered losses because of the drought.

         More than just a manageable dry spell, the extended drought has left many farms in Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties in need of financial support, according to Philip Korman, executive director of Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.

       The non-profit is offering to help the farmers with zero-interest loans up to $10,000

       " We have $110,000 available to loan out. If businesses or individuals would like to contribute to the emergency fund then we can help more farmers," said Korman.

       He said the emergency loans will supplement state and federal aid  that is being offered in the drought ravaged areas.

      Complete information is available at buylocalfood.org