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Published March 30, 2010, 08:11 AM

Kansas governor seeks ag disaster designation

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is trying to get federal help for farmers in two counties who suffered weather-related crop losses last year.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is trying to get federal help for farmers in two counties who suffered weather-related crop losses last year.

Parkinson is seeking a federal agricultural disaster declaration for Allen and Linn counties. The declaration is a response to heavy rains from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.

The rains prevented wheat from being planted.

The governor is requesting the designation from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

A designation from Vilsack would make farmers in the two counties eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance.

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