MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle is looking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help four southwestern counties hit by July storms, and for 41 counties with drought conditions.
Doyle asked U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to declare disasters in four counties in southwestern Wisconsin hit with storm damage in July: those include Crawford, Lafayette, Monroe, and Grant counties.
Crops throughout the counties were damaged by wind and hail in July storms. A secretarial disaster declaration by Vilsack would allow crop producers to qualify for assistance, generally in the form of low-interest loans.
Counties included in the drought disaster declaration are Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Brown, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Door, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Shawano, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vilas, Washburn, Waupaca, St. Croix, and Wood.