Tennessee Governor asks for fed help for farmers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen has requested a federal designation of agricultural disaster for 28 counties because of crop and livestock losses resulting from drought.

A designation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would allow qualifying farmers to receive federal farm disaster assistance that could help them manage losses and plan for next year.

The counties include: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cannon, Coffee, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Henry, Jefferson, Knox, Lake, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Scott, Unicoi, Warren, Washington and Weakley.

A news release Monday from Bredesen said farmers in these counties have reported crop losses as much as 35 to 70 percent due to below normal rainfall, low water levels and a rainfall deficit that has carried over from last year.

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