Recent rain wasn't enough to keep the U.S. Department of Agriculture from declaring the entire state of Alabama a natural disaster area. Monday's declaration by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns was in response to the ongoing drought.
Farmers in all 67 of Alabama's counties are now eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.
Governor Riley and state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks had sought the disaster declaration. Riley says every part of the state has been affected by the drought.
Most parts of Alabama have had between one-third to one-half of their normal rainfall since the start of the year.