|By Kathy Hedberg, Lewiston Tribune, Idaho|
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"It was bad. It was an unbelievably nasty storm in just a very isolated area," Ebert said. "I was in
Besides extensive hail damage to crops, Ebert said some structures also were hit. The state of emergency declaration by the commissioners, he said, is intended to bolster an attempt by the federal
In a letter to Gov.
"But it looks like somewhere about 1,200 acres of spring wheat got hit and the damage was pretty bad," Wemhoff said.
The storm, she said, appeared to start Thursday near
The worst hail was reported along the
"It was kind of spotty but it did take out a lot of acres," she said. She spoke to some farmers Monday morning "and some are reporting pretty seriously to being wiped out. Others were saying it wasn't quite so bad because they were on the edge of the storm."
Wemhoff said it is uncertain what kind of programs are available to help farmers who have had crop loss.
"In the past we had a standing disaster program but that was taken away in the 2014 farm bill," she said. A request will be made to the U.S. secretary of Agriculture for assistance, "and he approves or not. We more than meet the qualifications for a designation that opens up for any kind of disaster aid. It all depends on
Wemhoff said crop damage in
"We don't have any hard information as to the number of acres or the dollar amounts that may be involved," Keith said. "When we get that information we'll make a decision at that time."
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