Tallahassee-based Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson has asked Gov. Charlie Crist to seek federal disaster declarations from the federal government for 36 Florida counties battered by high winds, excessive rainfall, flooding or tornados from Tropical Storm Fay, according to a news release.

Because of standing water that remains in some areas of Florida, Bronson says additional counties could be added to the list of designated counties, whose threshold is agricultural losses of at least 30 percent.

If the federal government declares these counties disaster areas, agricultural producers in the counties may be entitled to federal disaster assistance.

To read Bronson's letter to the governor, click here.