Walker requests Federal Disaster Designation for nearly all SE Wisconsin counties
MADISON- Governor Walker requested a Federal Disaster Designation for 23 Wisconsin counties due to significant damages suffered from the ongoing drought conditions, according to a news release from the Walker administration.
Under the designation, Wisconsin farmers could apply for emergency loans through the Farm Service Agency.
"Agriculture is the backbone of Wisconsin's economy. The extreme drought conditions across much of the state had a major effect on our farming community," said Gov. Walker. "The recent rainfall in some areas is not nearly enough to make up for the weeks of dry weather combined with heat and humidity. We need to do everything we can to expedite the process."
The U.S. Drought Monitor has identified the following counties as suffering extreme drought conditions affecting such crops as corn, alfalfa, soybeans along with grasses and pasture.
The counties named in the request includes nearly all counties from southeastern Wisconsin including: Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, and Waukesha Counties.
Meanwhile, the rest of counties across Wisconsin receiving designation including: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Lafayette, Marquette, Richland, Rock and Sauk Counties.
With more hot and dry weather in the forecast, Governor Walker said more counties could be added to the request for a Federal Designation.