Teton County now qualifies for disaster assistance due to this summer’s drought conditions. Governor Matt Mead had made a request for all Wyoming counties to receive a drought disaster declaration, except for Teton County. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has been reviewing conditions for each county as drought information is received, designating eight counties of the 22 requested now as primary natural disaster areas. Those are Hot Springs, Laramie, Carbon, Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette and Fremont Counties. Meanwhile, eight other counties qualify for assistance as contiguous to the primary counties. Those counties are Albany, Natrona, Converse, Platte, Goshen, Washakie, Park and Teton Counties. Governor Mead explains that drought disaster declarations provide some relief for loss of pasture land, hay, and consequently livestock. He says he plans to continue to push for all counties in Wyoming to receive assistance because the entire state is impacted in this exceptionally dry year.