WASHINGTON (WHTC) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared 72 Michigan counties, including Ottawa and Allegan, as natural disaster areas, meaning fruit farmers whose crops were devastated by unseasonably warm weather, followed by several hard frosts this spring, will get some help. Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, says the designation opens the way for farmers to apply for low-interest loans and other assistance. Stabenow says no farming family should be wiped out by a few days of bad weather.
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