Federal aid continues for farms' vog damage
HILO - Big Island farmers and ranchers can continue asking the federal government for emergency loans to cover agricultural damage caused by volcanic emissions from Kilauea volcano.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has renewed a disaster declaration for the Big Island because of the emissions, commonly known as vog.
Vog has damaged crops such as vegetables and flowers. Ranchers have experienced adverse impacts on range grass and corrosion of fencing, gathers and other metal infrastructure.
Farmers and ranchers have until August to apply for emergency loans.