Sunday, September 20, 2009

Putnam Farmers Can Get Flood Relief

The rainfall of last week is fresh on the minds of many Putnam County residents, but Congressman Bart Gordon says extreme rainfall and flooding also did significant damage to Putnam County farms back in July, and the U.S. Agriculture Department has now declared Putnam County a federal agriculture disaster area. The declaration enables qualifying farmers to apply for federal farm disaster assistance programs, including supplemental farm revenue payments and low-interest emergency loans. Overton County received the primary natural disaster declaration. but Clay, Fentress, Jackson, Pickett and Putnam counties received contiguous natural disaster declarations, which makes farmers in these counties eligible for the same federal assistance programs. Affected farmers should contact the Farm Service Agency office in Sparta for more information. The phone number is (931) 738-7822. Meanwhile, Putnam County Extension Agent Scott Chadwell says the crop damage from last week's rains is not as extensive as it could have been -- mostly because many of the crops have already been harvested. And he says, in spite of all the precipitation, there are still parts of Putnam County where the water table is low.