Monday, April 21, 1997
Farmers seek federal relief

While they prepare fields for spring planting, local farmers await word from Congress that lawmakers have approved funds for cost-sharing programs that will help reimburse them for flood-related damages.

In Ohio, alone, farmers have applied for $8.9 million in Emergency Conservation funds. The money will partially pay for debris removal, fence rebuilding and other expenses incurred after the March flood waters receded.

Almost half of the state's applications came from hard-hit farmers in Adams County whose fields neighbor the Ohio River or its tributaries.

County Emergency Conservation dollars sought for flood repairs

Adams $4 million

Brown $1 million

Clermont $500,000

Scioto $2.5 million

Total statewide $8.9 million

USDA. Farm Service Agency, Ohio branch