(Cheyenne, Wyo.) The US Department of Agriculture announced Weston County has been granted a primary natural disaster designation due to ongoing drought. Producers in Campbell, Converse, Crook and Niobrara counties are also eligible for assistance as contiguous disaster areas. "Weston, Crook and Niobrara Counties were not named in the original drought designation by the USDA," said Governor Matt Mead. "These counties are dry and the conditions are extreme. This designation by USDA will be a great help." "The severity of the drought is real," said Wyoming Department of Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto. "I appreciate the County Commissioners, the Governor, the Farm Service Agency, and the Department of Agriculture for their efforts." Earlier this month
, the USDA
declared Big Horn, Johnson, Sheridan and Washakie as primary disaster
areas. Campbell, Converse, Fremont, Hot Springs, Natrona and Park Counties
were also made eligible for aid. Qualified producers in these counties can
be considered for assistance, including emergency loans, from the USDA’s
Farm Service Agency. For more information, please visit your local FSA
office or go to: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.