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4 years 7 months ago

Otero County gets disaster designation

Gov. Bill Ritter announced Tuesday that Otero and Montrose counties have been designated primary federal disaster areas due to severe frost, freezing temperatures, and high winds that caused significant damage to melon and cherry crops. Ten other counties were designated contiguous disaster areas. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved the disaster...

4 years 7 months ago

Governor requests help for melon farmers

Gov. Bill Ritter Friday announced he has requested federal disaster assistance for Otero and Montrose counties where freezing temperatures and severe hail affected crops. Gov. Ritter sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation. In Otero County, frost and freezing temperatures devastated melon...

4 years 7 months ago

Cantaloupe: how sweet it is

It's melon time! Cantaloupes from Rocky Ford are ready for harvest and the sweet treat is popping up at farmer's markets, supermarkets, and in summer salads. Farmers say this year's harvest is about two weeks behind what's typical. That's because farmers planted late because of a cool spring....

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