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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Olene Walker is declaring a drought disaster in Utah.
Walker issued an Agricultural Drought Disaster Declaration for the state today following six consecutive years of below average rainfall.
State agriculture officials project the drought will have a 133 (m) million dollar negative impact on Utah's agricultural economy.
The governor is urging the U-S Department of Agriculture to declare a national "Agricultural Disaster" for the 21 qualifying Utah counties.
She's says Utah is one of the hardest hit states by prolonged drought and she is asking for financial relief from the federal government for farmers and ranchers who face crop losses.
State agriculture officials say drought conditions exist in 21 of the state's 29 counties.
Counties qualifying for drought disaster designation:
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