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Aug 5, 2016 8:06 PM

Gov. Hassan requests drought disaster designation for parts of NH as drought worsens

The impact of the drought continues to become more serious in parts of New Hampshire.

As we have reported in recent weeks, agriculture is taking a serious hit.

READ: Severe drought negatively impacts NH crops, economy

On Friday, Gov. Maggie Hassan sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting a drought disaster designation for farmers in Grafton, Rockingham, and Strafford counties. The USDA Farm Service Agency's State Emergency Board voted earlier this week for the state to seek a disaster declaration.

Crop losses in the designated counties have exceeded 30 percent, with mixed forage alfalfa/grass, pumpkins and blue berries particularly affected.

The designation would automatically qualify the counties for any disaster-related programs or assistance. Other portions of the state could be added to the request as crop losses mount.

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