Governor Matt Bevin is asking the federal government for an emergency disaster declaration in support of Kentucky farmers. The request follows months of heavy rains and severe weather in the commonwealth.
The remnants of two hurricanes produced flooding and wind damage in many Kentucky counties, affecting yield and the quality of crops.
There’s also damage to buildings, fences, equipment, and farming infrastructure. In his request to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Governor Bevin urged assistance to help farmers make up for harvest losses and lower market prices resulting from poor weather conditions.
If the request is approved by the Department of Agriculture, the disaster declaration will allow farmers to apply for low-interest loans.