KMSB "Nogales SCC Profiles," Friday, 9/23/11, 6:55 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Dean Fish, UA Ag. Ext. Agent, SCC, says Santa Cruz County is one of five Arizona Counties declared a disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  He says this is due to the current drought, along with the recent wildfires and winds.  He says the designation means federal emergency loans are available to those suffering 30% loss or more. Fish says Farm Service Agency loans are also available up to maximum amount of $500,000.  He says local businesses related in any way to agriculture are also eligible.