Farmers get help for weather

Jul 9, 2019

Record rainfall this year has hit northern Michigan crops hard.

Now farmers up north are getting some help from the federal and state governments.

Water levels on the Great Lakes reached a record high in June.

And excessive rain and winds,  made the US-DA declare five northern Michigan counties ‘disaster areas.’

That means farmers Up North can get emergency loans from the federal government.

On Monday, Governor Whitmer signed a bill that opens up another $15 million dollars in state money for farmers.

Teresa Sisung (SIS-ung) is with the Michigan Farm Bureau.

“There’s a lot of crops that did not get planted, Some of what did get planted was planted in pretty marginal conditions, so they were planting into mud instead of nice, dry soil.”

Sisung says damaged crops will set farmers back years.