Michigan Farmers to Get Federal Disaster Relief

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Michigan has been hit with one of the worst droughts in recent history. Jackson County farmer and vice president of the county’s farm bureau, Jim Spink, has seen the damage first hand.

“Everybody is extremely nervous and concerned. The corn crop that is already hurt is pretty well hurt and it’s not going to recover,” said Spink.

Due to the extreme drought, USDA listed four counties in Southwest Michigan, including Hillsdale County, as primary natural disaster areas. Jackson County was named as one of the six contiguous natural disaster areas, which means farmers there may also qualify for low-interest federal loans.

“For many of our farmers, these kind of loan programs will be crucial to making it into the next year,” said Bradley Deacon, emergency management coordinator for Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Jim Spink says in a season like the current one, some farmers could be losing about two thirds of their annual profit. However, he’s in better shape because he has an irrigation system.

“Where there’s water this year with the heat units that we’ve had, corn looks very good as do soybeans, but where water isn’t available, things are quite challenged,” Spink said.

For more information on how to apply for emergency loans, please visit USDA Farm Service Agency’s website http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM
    Thank You Farmers for at least trying to grow crops to feed America and the world. I'm glad yall will get something for your efforts. Thank you !!
  • by Wow on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    Another hand out...too big to fail? Oh my! Justification for whatever reason! Of course farmers are mostly Republicans soo guess its all right! What happened to let the market take care of itself?
  • by Paul Location: hillsdale on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    just what we need is a loan!we are all ready in the hole for this crop and crop ins wont help for it all,only 75%,we have milk cows to feed,and with the low price we get for our milk ,well?// $8 corn .$500 a ton soy meal,and $400 a ton Hay,and milk is only $15.30 a cwt, this can only end badly, food will not be cheap any more any time soon...
  • by Susan Location: Jackson on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM
    A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF HOW MUCH WE DEPEND ON THE FARMERS AND ESPECIALLY THEIR CORN CROP. GLAD TO SEE THERE IS HELP ON THE WAY. i LOVE AMERICA AND ITS' FARMERS.
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      by Bill on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:03 AM in reply to Susan
      A lot of people are unaware of how much is paid to farmers in subsidy's whether they grow crops or not. Individual farms get thousands and even hundreds of thousands for doing nothing or still have crops to sell. I do not feel sorry for the welfare farmers we have today.
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        by Paul on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to Bill
        where are the thousands of dollare we are supost to get?if you farm farms with out bases you get no money, sure the government has payed a payment for milk ,but this was only.15 a cwt,like I say Bill where is all this money?the hunters who own land and put it into the CRP program,get alot more payments than most of us livestock farmers
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