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Hail, rain mean crop disasters for some counties

Hail, rain mean crop disasters for some counties

By Associated Press. CREATED Aug 21, 2014

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- Officials in some Idaho counties are declaring a state of emergency after ill-timed hail storms and several days of rain damaged crops.

Clearwater County commissioners in northern Idaho declared a state of emergency earlier this week after farmers on the Weippe Prairie lost nearly a third of their spring wheat and 76 percent of the hard red winter wheat to a hailstorm.

In southwestern Idaho, Jerome County commissioners are also seeking emergency status after nine days of rain caused hay and wheat to mold and barley fields to sprout. Neighboring Twin Falls county is also expected to seek a state of emergency declaration soon.

If the counties are granted emergency status by the state and federal government, low-interest federal loans will be made available to affected farmers.