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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

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Droughts and Floods and Storms, OH My – Farmers Seek Disaster Help

March 24, 2008

Columbus, OH – With flooding in the news over the weekend, Ohio farmers are asking Congress to help them be prepared for disasters. As the national farm bill is debated in Washington, a permanent disaster relief provision is a sticking point. A plan introduced last week would fund such relief at only about half the levels previously suggested.

Roger Wise, president of the Ohio Farmers Union, says a fully-funded disaster relief provision is needed to make sure farmers can survive droughts, floods and other natural catastrophes.

"Without one, we're at the whim of the Congress to appropriate money, and often that's not timely. With the disaster title in the farm program, that money would be available and the assistance would be ready when the need arises."

He says a permanent disaster relief provision also would provide security for banks that furnish operating loans, making it easier for farmers to get financing for seed, equipment and other planting season necessities.

Wise adds that a disaster relief provision helps the nation's food security by making sure farms can stay in operation after a season of severe storms or drought.

"In farming, we're at the mercy of the weather. Farm bills in general are to create stability, not only for the farmer, but for the consumer as well."

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH