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Wisconsin asks for federal farm aid

Walker makes request for maple syrup, cherry producers

MADISON, Wis. -

The damage caused to Wisconsin's cherry crop and maple syrup harvest is causing Gov. Scott Walker to ask the federal government for help.

Walker asked the federal government Friday for two agricultural disaster declarations to help farmers who lost money due to the lack of production caused by the hot weather.

"Agriculture is the backbone of Wisconsin's economy and many farmers are hurting as a result of unseasonable weather over the last year," said Walker.  "The hot conditions in March followed by a cold, wet April damaged many crops including Door County cherries and northern Wisconsin's maple syrup harvest."

State agricultural officials estimate the state may lose up to 80 percent of the fruit crop this year due to the extreme weather. Officials also said that maple syrup yields may be down at least 30 percent due to early warmth in March followed by a cool April.

The entire state is covered by the request for help for the state's fruit trees. The counties listed in the request for maple syrup losses are Barron, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Pierce, Polk, St Croix, Shawano and Vilas.


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