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By Katie Teachout
Ritzville Journal 

Inslee denies drought emergency request

Feds list 14 counties of wheat growers needing assistance


Jannis Knorr I Pexels

Whitman County wheat farmers are rejected by the state for drought assistance

RITZVILLE -Gov. Jay Inslee is refusing requests to declare a drought emergency in the state.

Washington Association of Wheat Growers President Ryan Poe and Washington Grain Commission Chairman Mike Carstensen requested the emergency drought declaration June 15 in a letter to the governor.

A drought emergency declaration would give affected farmers access to additional governmental resources.

"As the extremely hot temperatures have reminded us, much of Eastern Washington - including our wheat-growing regions - is in the middle of a drought," Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said July 1 i...

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