Farmers will receive aid from the USDA for losses due to the drought this summer.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved assistance for Maryland farmers who lost 30 percent or more of their crops due to drought this summer. The help includes emergency loans and other assistance.
The aid applies to 22 Maryland counties for losses that occurred between June 1 and Aug. 31. Baltimore City and Harford County, which border the affected counties, also qualify for aid.
Governor Martin O'Malley says he hopes the aid will provide relief to the farmers who need it and help them prepare for the upcoming growing season.