U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker joined the other members of the Tennessee Congressional Delegation Tuesday in asking U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to issue an agricultural disaster declaration for all 95 Tennessee counties due to the results of the ongoing drought.
“In June I saw firsthand the devastating impact this drought has had on our state,” said Alexander who last month visited with about 40 farmers at the family farm of David Richesin in Philadelphia, TN. “These farmers told me they couldn’t remember in their lifetimes a drought affecting so many people and so many communities. In fact, the five-month period from January through May was the state’s driest such period in 118 years, and it is entirely appropriate to use federal disaster-relief funds to help these farmers recover from their losses.”
“The combination of the April freeze and summer drought has delivered two successive setbacks to farmers and livestock producers across our state, and on Monday I’ll be visiting a Tennessee farm to see the effects firsthand,” said Corker. “We appreciate the USDA's earlier designation to assist farmers affected by the freeze, and hope they will respond promptly to this request to help get farmers affected by the drought the assistance they desperately need.”