Morgan County farmer says federal aid is needed
Tennessee Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen is requesting that Morgan and Fentress counties be named federal natural disaster areas after an unusually wet harvest season.
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#1 Feb 11, 2010
Which Morgan County Farmer are you talking about? What crop does he rely on? Does he plant the crop for sale, or food for his animals? Or is it a farm owned by a corporation?
Morgan County can be described as a 'natural disaster area' almost any season.
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#2 Feb 11, 2010
My bad, I overlooked the link to WATE. Sorry to hear about Phil Melhorn's loss. He is one of the good guys.
#3 Feb 11, 2010
Taking federal disaster aid is not the answer, but I know it's appealing; it seems almost like free money, but there's always a hidden and usually undue cost attached to federal money. As much as I feel for them-- my place is a mess too-- I hope the farmers here will reconsider.
Frankly though, I don't know of any other farmers who are looking for the feds to come in and save them. I think they know better.
#4 Feb 13, 2010
If you haven't watch the interview the biggest problem is the hay crop(with the man in the interview). What we had to store outside is ruined. The mud gets in it and plays havoc on the cattle's mouth. Everything is just one big mud hole. The federal relief will probably come in form on low interest loans which is completely pointless in my opinion.
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