Winter Storms-Agriculture

By: AP
By: AP

Governor (Bill) Ritter's office is reporting the federal government will come to the aid of ranchers in southeastern Colorado hurt by last month's blizzards.

Ritter's office says the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide low-interest loans to farmers in ten counties, including Pueblo, El Paso, Las Animas and Prowers, where the National Guard based rescue missions from the county seat of Lamar.

In addition, family farmers in ten contiguous counties may be eligible for the low-interest loans.

The money can be used to offset losses or repair damaged infrastructure.

Thousands of cows were scattered across miles of range and stranded in deep snow drifts during the storms.

The state estimates at least ten-thousand cows died in the storm.

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