Dothan First: Roby, other officials discuss solutions for post-hurricane farming crisis
November 16, 2018
Representative Roby In The News
Farmers are still struggling and that's why U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, and Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan came down to assess Hurricane Michael damages and discuss the road to recovery with local farmers.
"What we learned is that the common safety net program that the members of Congress passed in farm bills are not enough in these kinda devastating circumstances," said Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary.
Farmers were also concerned with the timeframe of when the disaster checks would be issued.
"We work as hard and as fast as we can get people answers and that requires a lot of communication back and forth," Perdue said. "But as I indicated you heard me say representative government works best when they let their members of Congress know."
"The farm bill has to do with normal local circumstances of what they can plan for; what does that normal safety net their lenders and they are going to be looking for going into the 19 crop," said Perdue "The disaster supplemental is historical, and what has happened and that damages they occurred."