ALEXANDER STATEMENT ON GRANTING OF FEDERAL FARM AID ASSISTANCE FOR STATE’S 95 COUNTIES

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.