July 11, 2012
The Washington County Board of Supervisors has declared a drought-related agricultural disaster.
The declaration could make federal assistance available if the state takes the county's request to that level.
The Bristol Herald-Courier says the board approved the declaration Tuesday evening.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows Washington County is in a period of abnormally dry conditions.
Some farmers already have sustained losses.
County agricultural extension agent Phil Blevins says recent rains have helped and most farmers will recover. But some will still see some damage.
Supervisor Phillip McCall raises cattle. He says his first hay cutting was short and the second turned brown because of hot weather.
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