Haslam requests federal farm assistance for 14 counties
NASHVILLE (WRCB) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced a request for a designation of natural disaster for 14 counties due to excessive heat and drought during the summer and fall.
The counties include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Fentress, Haywood, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott and Wilson.
"This has been another year of weather extremes for Tennessee farmers," Haslam said. "Assistance would bring some relief to producers who saw heavy rains turn to record heat and drought during the same growing season."
The designation would make farmers in these areas eligible to apply for lost income recovery, low-interest loans and other disaster assistance through the USDA Farm Service Agency.
After experiencing heavy rains and flooding early in the growing season, many areas saw record high average temperatures and drought from July to October.
Farmers in these areas reported crop losses ranging from 30 to 50 percent for corn, soybeans, tobacco, pastures and hay and some commercial vegetable crops.