Posted on June 18, 2007
“This is good news for Tennessee’s farmers, who were hit hard this year by the spring freeze. The farmers I met with today in Loudon County made it clear that few farms were untouched by this disaster. This aid is a first step in helping our farmers overcome their losses in fruits, vegetables, wheat and hay. Now we must make sure these farmers are given relief from the ongoing drought – the state’s driest spell in 118 years – that has forced farmers to endure a double whammy this year.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to provide federal assistance for all 95 Tennessee counties comes on the same day Alexander visited a farm in Loudon County. In April, Alexander joined other members of the Tennessee congressional delegation sent a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture asking for the federal disaster declaration for the entire state as a result of the freeze. The declaration means qualified farmers are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.