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Aid sought for Oklahoma pecan farmers

Oklahoma City_Gov. Brad Henry has asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Shafer to provide federal aid to Oklahoma pecan farmers in 43 Oklahoma counties.  In a letter requesting a disaster declaration Henry says pecan growers have been hit hard by the 2007 ice storm, cold weather in April and October, and heavy rains from hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

He says pecan farmers expect a significant decline in this year's crop and need financial help.  Counties affected include Alfalfa, Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Garvin, Grant, Haskell, Hughes, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Lincoln, Love, Major, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Marshall, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

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