MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Alabama farmers are struggling with the effects of massive rainfall totals this spring, prompting Gov. Kay Ivey to formally request Secretary Sonny Perdue, with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to initiate a disaster declaration process within the impacted counties.
Farmers were already in desperate need of relief from several weeks of large rainfall totals that had saturated their fields. Then tropical storm Cindy d ropped even more rain across the region, causing widespread flooding in south Alabama and a localized flooding in at central Alabama.
The Commissioner also anticipates that when the Governor proceeds with the request, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials will begin to visit farms in the affected areas and make formal damage assessments.
A USDA secretarial designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from USDA-FSA.
"Farmers need to be patient as the secretarial designation process moves along," McMillan added.