June 30, 2012--Hickenlooper seeks federal drought disaster declaration (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to declare a disaster in eligible counties in Colorado so that they can receive drought aid. "I am requesting a secretarial natural disaster designation for all qualifying/eligible counties in Colorado due to losses caused by drought, low snow pack, excessive heat and high winds that occurred from Jan. 1, 2012 and continuing," the governor said in a letter to Vilsack. Typically, counties must meet certain crop-loss criteria to qualify for disaster assistance from the agriculture department. Once that crop loss criteria has been met, the governor makes a request to the agriculture secretary asking for a disaster designation for that county. However, because of severe drought this year, the state Department of Agriculture has worked with the local U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency to seek a disaster designation before each county shows the minimum crop loss.

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