ATLANTA -- Nearly all of Georgia has been designated a federal agriculture disaster area due to the ongoing drought and excessive heat.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that 150 of Georgia's 159 counties suffered crop production losses great enough to warrant the disaster designation, which allows them to apply for emergency loans and other benefits.
Metro Atlanta counties in the federal disaster designation include Carroll, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall Henry, Paulding and Rockdale.
Clayton and Newton were named contiguous disaster counties.
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