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Published July 21, 2010, 08:53 AM

Kansas governor seeks disaster declaration for 9 counties

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is asking the federal government to declare an agricultural disaster for nine scattered counties.

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson is asking the federal government to declare an agricultural disaster for nine scattered counties.

Parkinson’s request Tuesday to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack cites production losses and equipment damage from powerful storms that struck between May 6 and June 10.

The governor’s request covers Chase, Cloud, Gove, Jewell, Lyon, Marshall, Rooks, Smith and Trego counties.

A disaster declaration would allow farmers in those counties to seek low-interest loans through USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

Parkinson says the spring storms brought heavy rain, winds, hail, tornadoes and other conditions that delayed planting or harmed crops.

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