Jun 13 2007
The Huntsville Times
U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, and Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, contacted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns today to request a disaster declaration for 19 counties in Alabama affected by the severe drought.
"The severe drought is having a devastating effect on Alabama's farmers," said Shelby "There are corn farmers who lost crops during the Easter freeze, replanted, and are now in danger of losing the second crop as a result of the drought. There are also cattlemen throughout Alabama who are faced with limited grazing, no hay, and high corn prices and therefore are being forced to sell underweight cattle or liquidate their entire cow-calf operation.
"The long-term ramifications of these events are significant for the cattleman, farmer, and consumer. I urge the secretary to provide this funding, which will address the needs of Alabama's farmers who are on the cusp of losing everything."
Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Winston counties are experiencing emergency drought levels and would benefit from this declaration.