"State Of Emergency" Declared For Wisconsin Farmers Facing Drought

Governor Doyle has declared a state of emergency in Wisconsin due to the drought conditions that could affect the 51 billion dollar farm economy.

The governor's executive order will allow the Department of Natural Resources to fast track farmers' requests for irrigation permits, which divert water from streams or lakes.

The Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service reports soil moisture conditions across the state have dropped significantly because of the hot, dry weather in recent weeks.

The irrigation permits would be in effect until August 18th, when the executive order expires.

The last statewide drought emergency was declared last July.