Pawlenty wants ag disaster designation for four counties

Farmers in four Minnesota counties suffered frost and other weather-related losses and should get agricultural disaster aid, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said today in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The counties are Chippewa, Renville, Wright and Freeborn.

Apple and grape growers experienced crop losses of 30 percent or more because of frost damage in Chippewa, Renville and Wright counties, he said. Losses to carrot, onion and potato crops in Freeborn County came in at more than 50 percent, he said.

If granted, the declaration would make affected farmers eligible for low-interest government emergency loans.

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