Big Island farmers are eligible for federal relief loans due to diminishing crop harvest caused by volcanic gasses.
U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a disaster designation for the Big Island.
Farmers, ranchers and plant producers may seek low-interest emergency loans to help them increase production and restore lost crops.
Plant life growth is stunted by more than 2,000 metric tons of daily sulfur dioxide spewed from Kilauea volcano.