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Local Fruit Growers Could be Getting Help After Damage to Fruit Crops

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Governor Christine Gregoire is planning to have her staff evaluate damage to the state's fruit crops which means local growers could be getting some relief.

Low interest loans are available from the Farm Services Association to farmers whose crops were badly damaged,  however because it's a federal agency Governor Gregoire can only make recommendations to them.

Leaders from the state fruit commission say some farmers are still waiting to get money from the f-s-a after their crops were lost back in 2000.

"It's not to say that the program isn't available to growers or worthwhile. It's mostly to say that it's difficult for growers to access those funds" Says Fruit Commision President B.J. Thurlby.

Thurlby also says despite cherry growers losing about 30-percent of their crop, he expects this year's harvest to be in the top five ever for the state.

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