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USA - USDA declares canal collapse losses as insurable event

The United States Department of Agriculture announced it has determined that an irrigation tunnel collapse in Wyoming was due to natural causes and will be an insurable event for ag producers.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie irrigation tunnel collapse was caused by unusually high precipitation. Because the collapse can be attributed to a natural cause, it will be an insurable event for producers affected by the irrigation disruption.

More than 107,000 acres of crop land has been without irrigation water since the July 17 collapse of a 2,200-foot tunnel that is part of a 130-mile canal system.

Ag producers will still have to determine how much of their crop can be salvaged before any determination can be made on what insurance can be collected against their loss.

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