Governor Snyder Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for Farmers

Governor Rick Snyder is requesting federal disaster assistance for farmers in Michigan.

Many Michigan farmers are facing major crop loss because of the extreme weather conditions.

Governor Snyder predicts the current crop loss is at $223.5 million.

Summerlike temperatures in March caused trees to bloom extremely early and to only get hit by frost and freezes in April.

Farmers say most of the tart cherry crop have been wiped out and sweet cherries, apples, pears and peaches have extensive damage.

The governor's request is now being sent to the U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack.