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Northern Idaho leaders cite wet spring for farm troubles
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ Leaders in Kootenai County say they have declared an agricultural disaster emergency because the wet conditions have damaged crops or flooded fields.
The Kootenai County Commission declared the disaster Tuesday in hopes of obtaining federal assistance to offset losses to income and crops.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the regional U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency recommended the declaration.
Agency director Scott Riggers estimates up to 18,000 acres of Kootenai County crop land will not be planted this year.
The challenges for farmers aren't limited to just Kootenai County. Riggers says commissioners in Latah, Benewah, Nez Perce,
Lewis and Idaho counties are also considering disaster declarations.
Riggers says spring seed crops like wheat, barley, lentils,
green peas oats and hay are those most impacted by the conditions.