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Drought Issues Could Cause Serious Problems for Farmers

The Wiregrass has dealt with droughts before, but this year, the drought could take a toll on some of the crops.

"A drought at this time really, hurts the potential of the crop," says Randy Griggs.

So because of the hurt the drought could cause, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary along with the agriculture department is helping farmers in 33 counties by offering low-interest federal loans.

A statement released by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack says "agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy and it is increasingly important that USDA has the tools to act quickly and deliver assistance to farmers and ranchers when they need it most."

Which some farmers think could be ideal in a tough situation.

"Some producers are in better shape than others, but to a farmer if it's dry on his land then it's dry all over the world," says Griggs.

Although the loans may provide a temporary fix, news 4 meteorologist Connor Vernon says there needs to be much more done to help create a long term fix meteorologically speaking.

"The only way we are going to get some relief from this is going to be some sort of storm in the Gulf of Mexico, that sits there for a couple of days, that just gives us lots of rain, that would be a tropical system or maybe even a hurricane," says Meteorologist Connor Vernon.

Here is a look at how the low-interest loans would work for farmers, instead of the current loan rate of 3.75 percent, the rate offered to farmers will be 2.25 percent. That's a drop of one and a half percent, and farmers have eight months to apply for the loans, something that could be better than waiting on rain.

"These high temperatures and the prolonged drought, because at this stage of the game, it's a week to week situation, we need water just about every week, to maintain the crop,” says Griggs.

Maintenance that is required for an excellent crop for any farmer.

Farmers can apply for the loan by going to the federal risk management website.

http://www.rma.usda.gov/


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