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updated 9:12 PM UTC, Dec 15, 2017

Walker Seeks Farm Disaster Aid For Northwest Wisconsin

  • Written by Tyler Bue
  • Published in News

 Governor Scott Walker wants the U-S-D-A to declare Rusk and Sawyer counties in northwest Wisconsin as agricultural disaster areas.

In a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday, the governor said heavy rains and floods wiped out 30-percent or more of the corn, soybean, oat, and wheat crops in the two counties. Walker said the floods began in early spring and continued through September, causing many farm fields to have standing water and oversaturated soil for extended periods. Walker is seeking a U-S-D-A secretarial designation that could make farmers eligible for aid that includes low interest loans -- and the assistance could be extended to counties that border Rusk and Sawyer.


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