Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Seeks Direct Disaster Assistance for Kentucky Farmers From Congressional Delegation
Financial losses this year have exceeded several hundred million dollars
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today sent a letter to Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation encouraging swift legislative action to include direct financial assistance to the state’s farmers due to this year’s weather disasters.
“This year’s weather has dealt our state’s farmers numerous challenges,” Governor Fletcher’s letter states. “Financial losses have already exceeded several hundred million dollars for our farmers and quick aid is needed to alleviate further hardships.”
“Record breaking frigid temperatures in April devastated our fruit crop and significantly impacted our grain and forage production. This summer’s intense heat and lack of rainfall has further distressed our agricultural producers. Many livestock farmers are being forced to liquidate their herds because their access to pasture, hay, and water has been depleted. Much of our state’s soybean crop is being abandoned or harvested for hay because the pods are missing or are un-filled.”
Last week, the Governor sought USDA disaster assistance in a request to Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns. The Governor also instructed the Kentucky Office of Insurance to make it easier for insurance adjusters licensed in neighboring states to come into Kentucky to adjust crop insurance claims. “We want to do everything we can to expedite the claims process for our Kentucky farmers,” Governor Fletcher said.
Editor’s note: A copy of the letter is attached.
McConnell Drought letter 9-6-07.pdf