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Waiting Game May be Over for WI Farmers Hit by Droughts, Floods

March 14, 2007


In most Wisconsin counties, farmers are still hoping for federal disaster relief for disasters that date back to 2005, and a bill expected in Congress this week would finally tackle the problem. Sue Beitlich with the Wisconsin Farmers Union says droughts, floods, and other bad weather has hurt farmers around the state.

"In 2006, we had 83 percent of our counties declared disaster areas. And of course they would have to prove that they had losses. It's not just a gift that you're given, you have to prove a loss. Farmers don't want just a hand-out. But they just need a helping hand, and we can't help it when we have severe drought or severe weather-related incidences that cause losses."

Beitlich hopes Congress will also set up a permanent disaster relief system, instead of making farmers wait years for help.

"Food security is very important for our nation. We need to have an abundant food supply, we don't want to rely on other countries. We need to be sure that if farmers are eligible that they can get some assistance for those losses so they can continue to farm into the next year and beyond."

Rob Ferrett/Deb Courson, Public News Service - WI