Marin Agricultural Businesses Eligible for Drought Funds

Olompali State Park (Courtesy of Marin Visitors Bureau)

Marin County has been declared a primary disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to ongoing drought conditions. This status means agricultural businesses and non-farm small businesses that do business directly with farmers and ranchers may apply for emergency loans. “As the region enters its third year of drought, this season is going to take a significant toll on our agricultural industry,” says Marin County Agricultural Commissioner Stefan Parnay. Conservation measures are underway in Marin, but the drought’s impact has already been felt by ranchers and farmers who had to import water, reduce their herds and fallow their land last year.