State seeks drought declaration
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants the federal government to declare 25 drought-stricken Minnesota counties agricultural disaster areas.
The governor sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns Friday seeking the declaration, which would open the door to financial assistance for affected farmers.
"The extremely dry conditions are taking a toll on crops and forages, which are directly impacting Minnesota's farm families," Pawlenty said in a statement.