Whitfield asks help from USDA for Kentucky farmers

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield is asking the federal government for their help in assisting farmers affected by the early spring freezing temperatures.

Whitfield wrote the USDA and the House Agriculture Committee to request assistance for Kentucky farmers who were impacted in April. Whitfield said that the government needs to recognize its responsibility to these farmers, who in many cases have lost their crop for the entire season.

The USDA's Farm Service Agency has programs available to farmers in extreme conditions. The Disaster Assistance Program and the Farm Loan Program will allow Kentucky farmers to begin recuperating from their losses.

Kentucky has about 86,000 family farms.