Mesa among 20 counties to receive crop damage relief

Mesa County and several other western Colorado counties are eligible for federal assistance because of crop damage from drought and frost.

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a disaster designation to 20 Colorado counties.

The governor’s office said a wet spring last year turned into a very dry summer, damaging a variety of crops in Dolores, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose and San Miguel counties.

Those counties, along with Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin and San Juan, are eligible for federal assistance.

On the Front Range, an early frost and freezing temperatures last October damaged unharvested apples in Fremont County.

That county, along with Chaffee, Custer, El Paso, Park, Pueblo, Saguache and Teller counties, are eligible for federal assistance.

The designation means farmers are eligible for Farm Assistance Agency emergency loans and the FSA’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.


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