Washington • Every county in Utah will be covered by a disaster declaration because of the ongoing drought after the Agriculture Department on Tuesday added two new counties and their adjacent areas. The designation will allow farmers in the state to seek low-interest emergency loans.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert that the department would add Duchesne and Uintah counties to the disaster declaration as well as nine counties that abut the area, including three in Colorado.
All but two of Utah counties were previously included in the disaster area and the latest move covers the rest of the state. Some counties are covered as primary disasters while others are included because they are contiguous to the initial areas.