Six central Minnesota counties, including Crow Wing, are among 49 that could be designated as federal agricultural disaster areas.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty last week reported that 49 counties have at least a 30 percent loss on at least one crop. They include Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena and Morrison counties.
Pawlenty's request for designation as federal disaster areas will go to the U.S. secretary of agriculture. If designated as disaster areas, farmers in those counties can be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The projected loss in crop value of $1.1 billion is about 29 percent loss in value compared to 2002 values, Pawlenty said.
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