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State Farm Bureau presidents ask Congress for storm aid

Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long, along with the state Farm Bureau presidents from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, wrote to select members of Congress requesting additional disaster assistance funding for farmers in those states harmed by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

The storms “left important agricultural regions devastated,” they wrote.

The presidents noted that while crop insurance will provide some immediate assistance, the losses from these storms far exceed what insurance policies will pay. As a result, there is an urgent need for a supplemental disaster appropriations bill to address these disasters and help farmers and rural communities recover.

“We are very concerned that many less capitalized and vulnerable farms may not be able to continue their operations into 2019 without additional assistance,” they said. “The loss of these businesses will mean a significant loss of jobs in struggling rural areas.”

The letter, signed by Long, Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Florida Farm Bureau President John Hoblick, North Carolina Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, South Carolina Farm Bureau President Harry Ott and Virginia Farm Bureau President Wayne Pryor, was sent on Nov. 28 to each member of those states’ congressional delegations, House and Senate Agriculture committees, Appropriations committees and House and Senate leadership.