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Western CO counties eligible for disaster relief for spring freezes

Jan 3, 2018

Palisade is known for its fruit harvests, which were damaged in last year's spring freezes. Farmers and ranchers in six Colorado counties are eligible for federal disaster relief.
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Deep freezes in Western Colorado last spring damaged crops, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now offering some relief.

Farmers and ranchers across the Western Slope may apply for loans to help recover losses from severe freezes last April. That’s after the Department of Agriculture declared Montrose County a natural disaster area. Food producers in five other counties, including Mesa, Delta and Gunnison, may also qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Fruit-growers were among the hardest hit by the late-spring freezing temperatures, which lasted from April 4 - 30.