Governor Granholm Asks for Disaster Aid for Farmers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has requested federal disaster assistance for 27 Michigan counties facing the loss of vegetable, fruit and other crops damaged this spring by severe frost, freeze, snows and cold weather.

From last November through July 24, each of the affected counties had damage to 30 percent or more of their fruit and vegetable crops such as apples and cherries.

Crop damage estimates are being compiled, but Michigan won't know if it qualifies disaster status until crops are harvested.

Affected counties are Allegan, Antrim, Berrien, Cass, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clinton, Dickinson, Emmet, Iron, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, Lenawee, Luce, Mackinac, Macomb, Menominee, Oakland, Otsego, Ottawa, Presque Isle, St. Clair, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

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  • by tammie Location: poor farmers wife.mi on Aug 4, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    If we don't have farmers,we don't eat.Food being so important, it seems like our government would try getting factories and things in mich to produce more jobs in the food bussiness.We can grow so much,why not do more instead of sending it out of state to be proccessed?No one can predict the weather and what it will do to crops.A bad year could shut down a farm easy.This causes food prices to go up.People can't buy,not good either.We seem to be in a mess.There are so many things to pray about,yet still some things to be greatful about.
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