Gov. Bill Ritter is seeking federal disaster assistance for farmers and ranchers who are experiencing financial distress in 22 counties hit by drought and late-spring freezes. The level of drought in these counties range from moderate to extreme, as indicated by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The affected counties:
Adams, Crowley, Kit Carson, Park, Arapahoe, Douglas, Kiowa, Prowers, Baca, Elbert, Las Animas, Pueblo, Bent, EI Paso, Logan, Teller, Cheyenne, Huerfano, Otero, and Washington.
Here is a closer view of Colorado’s drought assessment.