February 10, 2010--Drought prompts ag department to declare disaster status for Montezuma, Dolores counties (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma and Dolores agricultural producers are receiving help from the federal government after a year of drought-like conditions hampered growing efforts in the region. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Feb. 1 that the two counties, along with Mesa, Montrose and San Miguel counties, were granted disaster designation as a result of crop damage due to drought. Fremont County was also granted the designation due to frost and freezing temperatures. The Western Slope experienced a wet spring that turned into a very dry summer in 2009, according to a statement from the state department of agriculture. As a result of the dramatic shift in moisture levels, various crops in the listed counties were damaged to an extent that warranted disaster designation.

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