KY governor seeks federal aid for hard-hit farmers

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is requesting federal assistance for farmers in more than 20 Kentucky counties who are facing income losses from flooding and severe weather.

Beshear said Friday he made the request to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The governor says farmers have lost crops and infrastructure due to the severe weather. He said federal assistance is needed to offset those losses.

The request seeks assistance for farmers in 21 counties mostly in western Kentucky that were hit by storms and flooding in the last half of April. The governor's office says additional counties may be added to the request later.

Counties in the request are Ballard, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Graves, Hancock, Henderson, Marion, Marshall, McCracken, Carlisle, Crittenden, Daviess, Fulton, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McLean, Muhlenberg, Union and Webster.

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