Crist seeks federal help for Fla. farmers

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist is seeking federal
assistance for Florida ranchers and farmers whose crops have gotten
too much or too little water.

Crist sent a letter Friday asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom
Vilsack for a disaster declaration covering nine counties due to
flooding and two because of drought.

Flooding and high winds in May damaged potatoes, watermelons,
peppers, tomatoes, cantaloups, cucumbers, caladiums and butter
beans. The effective counties are Columbia, Flagler, Hardee,
Hendry, Highlands, Manatee, Putnam, St. Johns and Union.

Drought at the same time damaged pasture and Bahia grasses in
Marion and Polk counties.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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