DENVER — Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper sent a letter today to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting a disaster declaration for Yuma County.
“On June 14, 2011, a damaging storm hit in parts of eastern Colorado resulting in substantial damage to property and crops. Specifically, farmers in Yuma County, Colorado, suffered in excess of 30 percent damage to the county’s potato production due to high winds, hail and a tornado,” the governor’s letter said.
The declaration, if approved, would allow producers to qualify for USDA assistance.