Economic Disaster Declaration in Jerome
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV )
The Jerome County Commissioners declared a state of economic disaster in the county today.
This came as a recommendation from the Jerome County Emergency Board.
Excessive rain in the area on August 6th caused extensive crop damage.
More than 14,000 acres of barley and 20,000 acres of alfalfa were affected.
Estimates range from 50 to 70 percent loss.
CED of the Farm Service Agency Tom Snow explains the next steps in the process.
Snow says, "Commissioners petition the state of Idaho through the Governor. The Governor will forward that hopefully to the Secretary of Agriculture. If that happens, we'll get hopefully a primary disaster dedication."
Other affected crops include wheat, beans, and peas.
The county hopes emergency loans will be made available to assist crop producers that have lost revenue on their crops.