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Governor asks for additional disaster assistance because of drought

Governor Steve Beshear is asking federal officials to include more Kentucky counties in his request for disaster assistance, because of ongoing drought conditions.

The governor sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, making the request.

"The expanding drought conditions continue to severely impact our agriculture sector," stated Gov. Steve Beshear in his letter. "The impacts of this drought will be felt in other sectors as reduced yields in grain crops and damage to pastures that have not recovered from previous droughts are realized."

The governor requested disaster assistance for 35 western Kentucky counties on September 7.

The governor now wants the following 20 counties added to his request: Anderson, Butler, Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Franklin, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Jefferson, Kenton, Nicholas , Oldham, Pendleton, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, and Woodford.

The governor's office says dry conditions along with hot temperatures have forced farmers to harvest corn early and forced them to use hay to feed livestock earlier than usual. The governor also says livestock producers are also having to find alternate water sources because of the drought.

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