Members of Tennessee Delegation Ask Agriculture Secretary to Issue Disaster Declaration

Would Provide Assistance to Farmers in 13 Counties Affected by Historic Rainfall and Flooding

Posted on May 25, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) joined U.S. Representatives Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn. 4), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn. 7) and John Tanner (D-Tenn. 8) in writing a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack supporting Governor Phil Bredesen’s request that 13 counties in Tennessee be declared as agricultural disaster areas “to help farmers who have suffered crop losses and damage to farm equipment and structures as a result of the historic rainfall and devastating floods that began April 30.”

“The historic flood came right after Tennessee farmers had just finished their spring planting, so losses and damages are severe,” Alexander said.  “The farmers in these 13 counties will be eligible for low-interest loans and other assistance if the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture approves the governor’s request.”

The 13 counties include: Benton, Chester, Dickson, Fayette, Hardeman, Hickman, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lewis, Maury, McNairy, Perry and Stewart.

The text of the letter is copied below and a .pdf is attached:

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We are writing to urge you to approve the State of Tennessee’s recent request for an agricultural disaster declaration for 13 counties across Tennessee to help farmers who have suffered crop losses and damage to farm equipment and structures as a result of the historic rainfall and devastating floods that began April 30. 

Governor Bredesen is requesting the declaration so that qualifying farmers would be able to apply for a variety of federal farm disaster programs – including supplemental farm revenue payments, livestock assistance and low-interest emergency loans – through their local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency office. 

Thank you for your consideration of Tennessee’s request for assistance.  Please feel free to contact our offices should any additional information be needed. 

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