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Government Gives Farmers Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Washington state's wheat and tree fruit growers with crop damage from recent storms will now get help from the U.S. Government.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing federal grants for at-need farmers.

The hail that poured down in July in Washington state destroyed farmers crops throughout the state, but now the federal government is helping farmers see relief is still in sight.

According to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Office farmers in Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Yakima, and 8 other Washington counties will now be eligible for disaster relief grants.

Now if you're a farmer outside the designated counties, the USDA said there's still hope for you too.

"If a farmer is outside the designated counties, that farmer has other options besides the emergency loan program. There's crop insurance available for many crops. For those crops where insurance in not available our agency has a "No Insured Crop Assistance Program" that farmers can apply for ahead of time," said Chris Bieker, USDA.

To qualify for the grants farmers must show an average crop loss of 30 percent.