Gov. Ivey Seeks Disaster Help for Farmers

Jun 24, 2017

Tropical Storm Cindy dumped a lot of rain on the state of Alabama, and Governor Kay Ivey is now looking for federal help for the state's farmers due to potential crop losses.

Ivey sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday asking for a federal disaster declaration in some Alabama counties.

She wrote that a large number of Alabama agricultural producers have "experienced significant losses" because of Tropical Storm Cindy. Ivey says farmers in the southern and central portions of the state had been impacted the most.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan says crops of cotton, corn, hay, peanuts and soybeans had been damaged by the storm.

He says the storm will likely ruin crops that were already planted and delay the planting of others.

Federal officials will need to review crop losses in Alabama before deciding on a declaration.