Northern Wyo Growers Begin Seeking Federal Aid

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Growers in northern Wyoming whose crops were damaged or destroyed by a severe freeze in October are beginning the application process for federal aid.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 4 declared Park and Big Horn counties primary disaster areas because of a freeze that damaged area sugar beet, dry bean, alfalfa seed, corn and possibly other crops.
Growers in the Western Sugar Cooperative Lovell factory district harvested about 60 percent of the 2009 crop before the harvest officially ended. Larry French of Farm Bureau Financial Services and Insurance said claims so far vary widely among crops and growers.

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