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Western N.C. May Be Declared Disaster Following Crop Damage

Governor Easley says that he wants to expedite crop damage reporting from last weekend's cold weather.

Easley wants to help the U-S Farm Service Agency determine whether to designate western North Carolina as a disaster area.

In a letter to Democratic U-S Representative Heath Shuler, Easley wrote that he has asked the State Emergency Board to help submit damage reports.

Shuler sent a letter Thursday asking President Bush and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns for federal assistance. He spent the day meeting with apple growers in Henderson County and toured orchards to see the damage.

Republican Representatives Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry have also requested assistance.

State agriculture officials estimate that the weekend freeze will cost the state at least 112 million dollars.


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