Rep. Austin Scott speaks on disaster bill

Farmers Respond to Austin Scott Farm Bill

WORTH CO., GA (WALB) - U.S. Representative Austin Scott from Georgia said it’s time to cut out the games and get a bill through the U.S. Senate for farmers.

Scott visited a farm in Worth County Thursday, as we’re just a little more than a month away from the deadline of planting season.

It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Michael devastated farms in the state.

Scott said this is personal for him and knows a disaster package won’t make farmers whole, but will at least help them take a step forward.

“If we can get a disaster bill passed, then the lenders I think will feel much better about loaning some people the money so we can actually get the crop in the ground for 2019, so that we don’t loose the ’18 and the ’19 crop both,” said Scott.

Scott said he plans to go back to Washington Monday to do what he can to get the bill passed.

We are just over 30 days away from the deadline for farmers to get their crops in for the year.

Clay Young said he’s a fortunate farmer because he was able to receive a loan this year and didn’t have half as much damage as farmers further south.

Young lost 50 percent of his crop, had two pivots turned over, but said farmers like him and who are in worst situations, are running out of time.

“Whenever other category 5 hurricanes have hit the government stepped in within 10 to 30 days. It’s been 195, we still haven’t had any federal help. I think what everybody, all the farmers, we’re tired of the bickering that’s going on in Washington. We feel like we’re being held as pawns in this game,” said Young.

Young said it’ll take farmers at least 10 to 15 years to recover from Hurricane Michael’s devastation. He said he hopes the senate will accept a disaster package before the crop deadline.

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