Gov. Scott Walker is asking the U. S. Department of Agriculture for help with crop losses suffered by producers in 10 Wisconsin counties due to freezing temperatures last May.
Walker is seeking a disaster designation which would make low-interest loans available to the producers. Frost and freezing temperatures on the nights of May 13 and 14 affected apples, strawberries, hops and other perennial crops that had started to bud or blossom. All the counties involved experienced harvest losses of 30 percent or greater. The governor's office says Walker waited until the harvest to make the request so the extent of the losses could be determined.
The counties included in the request are Chippewa, Columbia, Eau Claire, Jackson, Jefferson, Pierce, Polk, Sauk, St. Croix, and Trempealeau.