Governor Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking that he declare Scott County an agricultural disaster area for crop production losses due to severe weather conditions that started January 1, 2008, and are continuing.
The severe weather includes drought and high winds, which have adversely impacted corn, sorghum and wheat production.
“Drought and high winds are impacting crop production in Scott County to the extent that it should be declared a disaster area,” Sebelius said.
A secretarial disaster designation will make farmers and ranchers eligible for low-interest loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.
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