Illinois Public Radio's Rachel Otwell interviewing USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
All counties in Illinois have been designated as “primary disaster areas” due to drought.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the designations came at the request of Governor Pat Quinn and because of a national drought monitor that shows lack of rain plaguing the entire state. All counties have been affected by drought for at least the past eight weeks.
The designations mean all Illinois farmers are eligible for emergency loans from the federal government.
Croton and Mooar/Powdertown are a couple of Lee County’s small unincorporated communities. Mooar/Powdertown is located just north of Keokuk, along Highway 61 while Croton sits just a few miles south of Farmington near the Avenue of the Saints.
Neither community has a sanitary sewer system, which prompted them to start working with Mount Pleasant-based RUSS (Regional Utility Service Systems) in 2010.