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BRIEF: Counties receive drought designations

July 5, 2014

By Matt Hildner, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.



July 05--ALAMOSA -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three San Luis Valley counties as drought-related natural disaster areas.

The move, announced this week, makes farmers and ranchers in Conejos, Mineral and Rio Grande counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans.

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 Farm Service Agency.

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.

Pueblo County and seven other Southeastern Colorado counties were given natural disaster designations in January.

mhildner@yahoo.com

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