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Walker Asks For Federal Disaster Area Declaration In Polk, Burnett Counties

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 7:32 am

On Monday, Gov. Scott Walker asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate four Wisconsin counties as disaster areas because of ginseng and soybean crop losses caused in part by cold, wet weather in September.

The Governor asked for two separate declarations: one for Burnett and Polk counties, and one covering Lincoln and Marathon counties. If USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack declares the disaster areas, farmers there and in adjacent counties would be eligible to receive low-interest loans help them recover from the losses.

Gov. Walker’s letter regarding Burnett and Polk counties cited wet spring conditions that delayed soybean planting two to three weeks. Then a killing frost hit in mid-September, ending the growing season prematurely. As much as 36 percent of the soybean crop was lost.

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