‘Get this funding out, yesterday’: Farmers waiting on $3B in federal aid

Get this funding out, yesterday’: Farmers waiting on $3 billion in federal aid

SYLVESTER, Ga. (WALB) -Southwest Georgia farmers are anxiously awaiting federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Michael.

Thousands of acres were destroyed last October, including some of the Peach state's biggest cash crops.

John Green is a farmer in Sylvester. His main crop is sugar cane but last fall Hurricane Michael destroyed his farm.

John Green is a farmer in Sylvester.
John Green is a farmer in Sylvester.

“My cane was totally destroyed. Our cane is about eight feet tall and it leveled it to the ground,” said Green.

WALB News 10′s Bobby Poitevint met Green at an event at the Community Village Garden in Sylvester.

While donations help grow those crops, Green relies heavily on federal aid to grow his.

“Get this funding out, yesterday.”

Last month, we reported that $3 billion in federal funding will be heading to Southwest farmers.

Green says “my cane was totally destroyed. Our cane is about eight feet tall and it leveled it to the ground.”
Green says “my cane was totally destroyed. Our cane is about eight feet tall and it leveled it to the ground.”

“We could use more,” Green said.

The money is a portion of $19 billion dollars in federal relief aid after Hurricane Michael.

Green says the money would be more than helpful for his farm.

“Buy the seeds, we need fertilizer, need equipment. We need everything that a farm needs.”

Green hopes funding is released to farmers, like himself, soon.

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