WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Bright applauded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for directing the Farm Services Agency’s Alabama office to begin gathering crop loss data for the 16 counties in Alabama’s Second Congressional District.

FSA must first present its findings to the USDA before the Secretary can make a primary disaster designation.

Congressman Bright sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack last Thursday urging him to take quick action in declaring Southeast Alabama counties eligible for disaster loans.

“I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack for quickly moving forward in assessing crop loss in counties in my district,” Bright said. “This is a small but absolutely necessary step to provide our farmers with much needed relief from severe and damaging rains. The FSA is ready to begin its assessment and work with the USDA in determining the need for a disaster designation. It was clear from my recent farm tour that crop loss in my district is extensive and many farmers should be eligible for any available federal assistance. I urge the FSA and the USDA to continue to work quickly with a goal of resolving this matter by Christmas.”

On Friday, Congressman Bright toured a Midland City cotton farm and met with farmers affected be recent rainstorms.

Some areas in Southeast Alabama have experienced up to 70% crop loss but have yet to receive a federal disaster designation.

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