CASPER, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has requested a disaster declaration for five Wyoming counties, according to a statement released today.
According to the release, the governor sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue for five agriculture counties that were impacted by the powerful early-season snowstorms.
The request is for Laramie, Goshen, Platte, Park and Big Horn counties, claiming the “scale, severity and timing of the freezing snow events that occurred in October were devastating to crops, particularly sugar beets.”
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The request specifically covers freezing storms on October 8th and 9th, and another storm on October 13th and 14th, according to the letter.
In the letter, the governor says the events “made successful harvest and storage impossible.” Sugar beet crops were compromised by the freezing conditions, and beets that were harvested rotted during unusually warm weather between storms.
According to a State of Wyoming online checklist, after the governor signs the letter it’s up to the Secretary of Agriculture to request an assessment. If authorized, “earch agricultural producer will apply for and receive assistance through the County Farm Service Agency Office.”
The full letter can be read here.