Del. Governor seeks drought aid

October 3, 2008 5:16:30 AM PDT
Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced Thursday she is requesting a drought disaster declaration for Delaware farmers.That request will go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gov. Minner says farmers need this request granted so they can receive federal aid and become eligible for additional disaster relief money.

In a statement, Gov. Minner said . "Our farmers are vital to the continued success of our agriculture industry, and I look forward to them receiving some relief to offset the crop losses they have experienced this year."

Gov. Minner's request was based on a recommendation from Delaware Department of Agriculture Acting Secretary Austin Short, as well as an assessment by the Farm Service Agency's Delaware Emergency Board, which estimated two-thirds of the state's farmers have sustained losses in excess of 30 percent of their expected production in crops including corn, soybeans and hay.

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