SC Ag Commissioner Satisfied with Disaster Declaration
A few weeks ago we talked about South Carolina’s Governor requesting disaster aid from Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. That aid has come through.
“I was very pleased at the quick response by the USDA. It is a good step in the right direction, though it won’t make up for all that farmers have gone through this year.
Only 36 SC counties were labeled as primary disaster areas, and the rest as contiguous, so essentially the whole state is covered. I can personally attest through first hand observation and many accounts, that the entire state has very much been impacted by the wet weather.
This disaster relief means that a farmer who qualifies, has the ability to apply for a low interest loan from USDA. It is designed to put a person’s loss into the form of a loan application and work out some terms so that the loss that they incurred, they can repay over a number of years, so that their total operation doesn’t have to pay for two years at once. There are no direct payments or compensation. But the impact is a positive one.
More hopeful than anything, is that it appears to be drying out. We are looking for September to return to more normal patterns.”