Disaster Relief Approved for Michigan Fruit Farmers

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The federal government has approved financial support for Michigan fruit growers whose crops were hammered by bad spring weather.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Monday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 72 counties as disaster areas. A spokesman said farmers in contiguous counties are also eligible for help, which means the declaration covers virtually the entire state.
The support consists of low-interest loans. Growers will have eight months to apply. They should contact their local Farm Service Agency for more information.
A rare heat wave in March caused cherry, apple and other fruit trees to sprout blooms that were killed during a series of later frosts and freezes. State officials and industry leaders have reported losses of 90 percent or more in some areas.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    Farm Welfare has been going on for years. People like Stabenow have pushed for more and more subsidy that virtually makes farmers rich whether they plant or not. It can ad up to millions for each farm and the corporate farms make the most. Your right, Stabenow and all democrats need to go, and Snyder needs to investigate these programs and put a stop to them. You can research the money farms get by entering farm subsidy and a particular large farm operation in search engine..You will be amazed and bewildered. Keep in mind farmers sell the crops at top dollar and never pay back 1 cent of the money uncle sam hands them.
  • by conservative farmer Location: Michigan on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Good for the farmers but Debbie still must go! Healthcare!
  • by Sue Location: East Lansing on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    I find it ironic that when our nations food producers have a bad year and have little to no money coming in they get "low interest loans", but when others who don't have work or won't work have no money coming in we just give them free money......?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 at 07:21 PM in reply to Sue
      It's because we rely on the farmers to grow us something to eat. Everybody eles out there are not as important as the American Farmer. Without them we starve.Imported food cost a lot of money more than home grown food. We couldn't survive with out home grown food. So when the farmer has a bad year, they have insurance that they can get for a bad crop.
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