LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Federal officials have designated portions of 11 drought-ridden Western and central states, including Santa Fe County, as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain the lack of rain is likely to bring to farmers in those regions.
Other New Mexico counties listed in the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday were Chaves, Eddy, Mora, Roosevelt, Colfax, Guadalupe, Otero, San Miguel, Curry, Lincoln, Quay, Torrance and Union. The announcement also cited counties in the states of Colorado, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California.
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