Walker to tour Burlington and other areas stricken by Wis. drought
the WTMJ News Team
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BURLINGTON, Wis. - Federal officials have listed much of the State of Wisconsin in a state of extreme drought.
On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker was to be among state government leaders set to tour many of those drought-stricken areas, particularly in the southern third of the state.
As part of the tour, Walker was to head to Burlington, Wis. at 10:30 a.m.
He is asking for federal disaster relief for 23 counties which would allow farmers to apply for emergency loans.
Walker said he wanted to help farmers whose crops have been hit hard by the extremely dry weather.
"We're trying to get a coordinated statewide effort. We're not at the point yet to say whether there's additional appropriation needed," said Walker.
"There's certain things that can be done and I think we should be sitting down and exploring each of them if we are going to get through this summer," explained Milwaukee Democratic Senator Chris Larson.
"This is the worst one in a long time. Everyone should step up and do what they can."
The Governor was to meet with businesses and community officials to discuss options.
He was also heading to Dodgeville and Madison.