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Farmers must report hail damage before disaster declaration

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - In light of the severe hail damage to several Northeast Iowa counties, Governor Chet Culver Wednesday called on affected farmers to contact their local county Farm Service Agency office with damage estimates and for the Farm Service Agency to conclude their process on making recommendations for a Secretarial Disaster Declaration as quickly as possible. Once that process is complete, the Governor will formally ask Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to declare the designated counties as disaster areas.

"Our hearts go out to those Iowa farmers whose crops were badly damaged and destroyed by the recent severe weather," said Governor Culver. "I today call on the Iowa State Office of the Farm Service Agency of USDA to convene a meeting of the State Emergency Board immediately to make final recommendations so that I may ask for Secretarial Disaster Declaration for those affected counties."

The Farm Service Agency is scheduled to make its final recommendations next week. Federal law will then allow the Governor to request Secretary Vilsack for a disaster declaration.

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