The move, announced this week, makes farmers and ranchers in
While drought conditions have improved in the valley since last year, the three counties were eligible because they are contiguous to counties on the other side of the Continental Divide that have been declared primary disaster areas.
Farmers have until the beginning of March to apply for the loans from the
The U.S. Drought Monitor currently lists the valley as abnormally dry, its least severe drought designation.
Last year, the valley was mired in severe drought, the third-most extreme of the monitor's five designations.
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