AUGUST, Maine (AP) – The Governor of Maine is urging small businesses across the state to apply for federal disaster loans, which are available due to the drought that hit the state earlier this summer.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said farm-related businesses in nine Maine counties can apply for a low-interest disaster loan through the US Small Business Administration. Mills said all Maine businesses affected by the drought that damaged farmers’ crops should check to see if they were eligible for the loan.
The drought began on June 22nd, Mills said, and resulted in the warmest and driest weather on record in the state. The loan amount can be up to $ 2 million. Applications are accepted until April 13.
Androskoggin, Aroostuk, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Piskatakis, Somerset and Waldo counties are eligible for loans.
The drought in recent years has been an ordeal for growers of potatoes and blueberries, two of the state’s most important crops.