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Parkinson requests disaster designation for Cowley, Sumner and Cherokee counties

TOPEKA - The governor Friday asked the federal government to help farmers impacted by this year’s harsh weather in Cowley, Summer and Cherokee counties.

"Declaring these counties agricultural disasters will allow farmers to apply for emergency loans administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency. These loans can help Kansas farms recover from impact that severe weather has had on crops," wrote Gov. Mark Parkinson said.

Parkinson, a Democrat, asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to declare the three counties agricultural disaster areas due to excessive rain, flooding, high winds and a freeze that occurred between late March and the end of May.