The ongoing drought in the Midwest is causing significant challenges for farmers and landowners. To alleviate the impact, the United States Department of Agriculture is offering relief to qualifying farmers in several Illinois counties, including McDonough, Mercer, Fulton, and Tazewell. This relief comes in the form of FSA emergency loan assistance, with a deadline for application set for April 2024. Qualifying landowners in contiguous counties may also be eligible for assistance. Congressman Eric Sorensen has encouraged those who qualify to take advantage of these resources to support their farms and businesses. He also discussed the future of disaster aid in light of worsening droughts and severe spring flooding. The relief efforts and the future of disaster aid were discussed in a recent interview with Congressman Sorensen on The Current on News 8. The interview can be watched on the News 8 YouTube channel or on the WQAD News 8 App. Viewers can catch live interviews impacting their families and hometown from 4 to 5 p.m. on weekdays on The Current. The relief efforts and the potential for future disaster aid were the focus of a recent interview with Congressman Sorensen on The Current on News 8, which can be viewed on the News 8 YouTube channel or the WQAD News 8 App.