Ritter wants disaster aid for Montrose after freeze

Gov. Bill Ritter requested federal disaster assistance Friday for Montrose County because of last spring’s freezing temperatures.

In a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ritter is requesting Secretarial Disaster Designation for Montrose County because freezing temperatures in April left the county’s sweet-cherry crop up to 100 percent destroyed. Ritter also asked for a similar designation for Otero County in southeast Colorado, which suffered from numerous windstorms and hailstorms that destroyed nearly 50 percent of its melon crop.

If approved, the designation would qualify affected farmers in the two counties for low-interest federal loans to help them recover from their respective disasters.


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