Whitmer visits Michigan farm to see effect of extreme weather

 Whitmer signs farm. (Source: WILX).
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Published: Jul. 8, 2019 at 3:15 PM EDT
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The weather has led Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Charlotte on Monday.

Whitmer, Director Gary McDowell and Representative Witwer visited Smuts Farm in Charlotte to survey the damage caused by extreme weather during one of the wettest years on record.

They were also there to learn how to better help farmers throughout Michigan.

She signed House Bill 4234 which provides funding to assist farmers during one of the wettest springs in Michigan history after a tour of the farm.

“Michigan has a rich history in agriculture which is essential to our economy,” said Whitmer, “This legislation works on behalf of our farmers and our economy to ensure our agriculture industry recovers from the devastating rain and extreme weather we experienced earlier this year."

Whitmer said giving attention to the farms shows Michigan's leadership in climate change.

The bill will provide $15 million for the 'qualified agricultural loan origination program which alleviates financial distress caused by crop loss or damage and is designed to reduce origination costs to farmers seeking loans.'

Whitmer said farmers can also buy crop insurance in order to help them recover from the weather.

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