A farmer in Greene County sprays a soybean field along Jasper Road near Jamestown. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ohio farmers will get disaster relief funds after worst planting season on record

Ohio’s farmers can apply for disaster relief funds to help offset the losses in the worst planting season on record.

More than 15 percent of Ohio’s acres went unplanted this year, and those that were planted aren’t faring as well as crops have in previous years, according to United States Department of Agriculture data. Ohio farmers can begin applying for the disaster funds Wednesday, according to a statement from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

The funds are part of the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus through the Disaster Spending bill signed into law in June.

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“Historic rains across Ohio this spring resulted in a record number of unplanted acres, late planting, and significant uncertainty for farmers across large parts of the state,” Brown wrote. “I encourage eligible Ohio farmers to apply for these disaster funds, so they can get the relief they need.”

Farmers can learn if they’re eligible for the funds at their local farm service agency office.

Many Ohio counties are eligible for the money, including Butler, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Miami, Montgomery and Warren.

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