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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Twenty-two of Wyoming's 23 counties have
been designated disaster areas due to drought and wildfires, allowing
farmers and ranchers to qualify for federal aid, U.S. Agriculture
Secretary Dan Glickman has announced.
Producers are eligible for low-interest emergency loans and may
qualify for certain income tax provisions.
All counties except Teton ``sustained sufficient production losses
to warrant a secretarial disaster designation ... as primary natural
disaster areas,'' Glickman wrote in a letter to Wyoming Gov. Jim
Although Teton County was not declared a disaster area, producers
in the county are eligible for aid because it a ``contiguous''
The designation covers losses caused from Sept. 1, 1999, ``and
``The people of Wyoming continue to experience increased economic
hardship due to the continuing drought,'' Geringer said. ``Approval
of Wyoming's disaster declaration at the federal level will help
alleviate but will not address all economic loss.''
He encouraged agricultural producers to contact Farm Services
Agency offices and accountants to see how the federal assistance
Geringer earlier sent a letter to Glickman explaining that drought
and wildfires had caused significant losses in all 23 counties.
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