FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California agricultural groups are calling on U.S. farmers and farm organizations to send aid to farmers affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.

The "Growers Looking Out for Growers" campaign kicked off Tuesday and aims to raise $1 million for Japanese famers who have lost their land, crops, animals and equipment.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Nisei Farmers League, based in Fresno.

The group says an estimated 67,000 acres of farmland were destroyed, and some dairy and vegetable products were contaminated by radiation spewing from a crippled nuclear plant. Farmers also had to abandon thousands of animals in the evacuation zone.

The campaign is partnering with the Japanese farmer cooperative, JA Zenchu, which will distribute the funds to farmers in Japan.

Copyright 2011 The AP.

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