October 2, 2007
Governor Kaine is asking United States Department of Agriculture to declare Virginia a statewide disaster area.
The request follows reductions in farm production caused by drought and high temperatures. Kaine's office says that the majority of Virginia's localities have already requested federal assistance.
Kaine and agriculture officials decided a statewide designation is needed because agriculture statewide has been impacted by the
The designation would make low-interest loans and other relief
available to farmers. Kaine says Virginia has never sought a statewide drought disaster designation before.