The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local News

July 31, 2012

Clinton County seeks disaster aid

Local officials go after drought disaster declaration status

CLINTON — The county has submitted a letter from the ECIA for a disaster declaration for the drought along with four surrounding counties.

Clinton along with Cedar, Dubuque, Jackson and Delaware counties will be considered for low-income federal loans as the letter is passed on to farm services as approved by the Clinton County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

“This is definitely needed,” Supervisor Jill Davisson said. “The drought has been one of the worst I’ve ever lived through.”

If the drought follows a usual pattern it should continue three more weeks, according to State Climatologist Harry Hillaker.

There are two methods by which a county meets USDA qualifications for Secretarial disaster designation. A county automatically qualifies if it is categorized as being in a “severe drought” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor for eight consecutive weeks during the growing season.

Once the USDA Farm Service Agency determines that a county demonstrates a 30 percent production loss of at least one crop countywide, FSA notifies the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

IDOA and the Governor’s office work together and submit a letter to ask that the county be granted Secretarial disaster designation.

Chairman Brian Schmidt had an issue with the letter, which allows livestock to feed on conservation lands under certain guidelines and receive supplemental hay.

“This dilutes the hay market,” Schmidt said. “Government intrusion is not always good.”

The supervisors voted to dismiss the supplemental hay part of the letter. Supervisors agreed that the disaster declaration would help, but would not solve the problems of the severe drought.

“Low-interest loans are a pain and take weeks to fill out,” Davisson said. “There are lots of ramifications of this drought such as farmers not buying new equipment and everyone suffering, especially those on food stamps. It’s a domino effect and everyone is affected by it. We are signing the letter to help, but low-interest loans are not the answer.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • World Book Night 1 Clinton Public Library hosts largest World Book Night event in the country

    CLINTON -- With more than 21 titles and 800 copies to give away, what reader wouldn't adore an event like World Book Night? Organizers at the Clinton Public Library wondered the same Wednesday, and were pleased with turnout for the third annual event

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Officials: Future bright for Thomson prison

    FULTON, Ill. -- After more than 12 years of waiting, a long list of broken promises and millions of dollars worth of idle investments, the future is looking a little brighter for the Thomson Correctional Center. Following a $166.3 million federal bud

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 Golf cart tour photo National Wildlife and Fish Refuge to host golf cart tours THOMSON, Ill. -- Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are hosting Refuge Golf Cart Tours that travel through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The tours are free and open to all ages. Trips are the first and th

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged in meth case CLINTON -- A Clinton man has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. Timothy W. Atkinson, 35, 1419 Honey Lane, was arrested Sunday after Clinton police executed a search warrant at his residence.

    April 24, 2014

  • Workers Memorial Day 2014 events scheduled CLINTON -- Working families, faith leaders and local officials will gather around Iowa, Friday through Monday, for a vigil to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and to call on Congress to create safe jobs f

    April 24, 2014

  • Coalition alerting parents to underage drinking CAMANCHE -- There are two significant milestones that many students look forward to during their high school careers -- prom and graduation. However, because of bad decision-making, some students will never get to experience those rights of passage

    April 24, 2014

  • 4-24-14 Dutch Days Preview Photo Dutch Days: 40 years and counting

    FULTON, Ill. -- A spring-time staple will return for its 40th consecutive year. The community will come together once again May 2 to celebrate Fulton's heritage at the 40th annual Dutch Days Festival. Dutch Days committee chairwoman and City Alderwom

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Judge denies guilty plea withdrawal CLINTON -- A Clinton County District Court judge has denied a man's attempt at withdrawing a guilty plea. Eric R. Hook, 45, 900 S. 10th St., was sentenced last week to no more than five years in prison for willful injury causing bodily injury, a clas

    April 24, 2014

  • Man charged in meth case

    A Clinton man has been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

    Timothy W. Atkinson, 35, 1419 Honey Lane, was arrested Sunday after Clinton police executed a search warrant at his residence.

    April 23, 2014

  • Judge denies guilty plea withdrawal

    A Clinton County District Court judge has denied a man's attempt at withdrawing a guilty plea.

    Eric R. Hook, 45, 900 S. 10th St., was sentenced last week to no more than five years in prison for willful injury causing bodily injury, a class D felony. He also was given a sentence of no more than two years in prison for domestic abuse assault, second offense, to be served concurrently.

    April 23, 2014

Facebook
Clinton
Camanche
Fulton
Clinton Herald photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.