SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is seeking a federal agriculture disaster declaration for all of Illinois following the state’s soggy planting season.
Pritzker says in his request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture that winter snow melt and record rain caused rivers to swell to historic levels and soils to become saturated statewide this spring, forcing farmers to delay or scale back their planting, or not plant at all.READ MORE: FBI Seeking Public's Help Finding Devontay Anderson; Feds Say Third Suspect Charged In Killing Of Jaslyn Adams Fled State To Avoid Prosecution
He says in his request for a Secretarial Disaster Declaration that that’s hurt a core state industry and working families.READ MORE: Family Of 12-Year-Old Erica Gibson Says Girl Who Accidentally Shot Her Dead In Hazel Crest Had Earlier Posed With Long Gun In Social Media Video
The State Emergency Board recommended to USDA’s Farm Services Agency that an agricultural disaster be declared for all 102 Illinois counties.
A disaster declaration would provide access to federal resources for farmers and businesses that experienced disruption during the spring planting season.MORE NEWS: 'I Was Completely Unaware': Brookfield Homeowner On Apartment Complex Looming Large Over Her House, Obstructing Views
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