State approves funding to help struggling farmers

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LANSING, MI (WILX) - Michigan's legislature has approved placing $15 million into a loan program to help farmers struggling to plant crops.

According to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office, from May 2018 to last month it has been the third wettest stretch of weather on record, with roughly about 38 inches in that time period.

According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, corn crops contribute one-billion-dollars to Michigan's economy, and farmers have planted a little more than half of their planned crops as of June 12.

Lawmakers say the low-interest loans will give farmers an option to bridge revenue losses.

A similar issue happened in 2012 when lawmakers helped the fruit tree industry after an early spring followed by freezing temperatures killed northern Michigan's cherry crop.

The spending bill now heads to Gov. Whitmer's desk.

The Governor is expected to sign it.

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