Farmers May Get Relief

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Farmers may be getting some relief after the spring freeze and summer drought ruined their crops.
Governor Ernie Fletcher is seeking disaster assistance to help farmers throughout the state recover some of their losses.

Fletcher hasn't announced how much money will be given or when farmers will receive it, but one local orchard owner is hoping for all the help he can get.

"I hope Governor Fletcher does come through because my change is getting low," Miles Orchard Owner, Charles Miles said.

Charles Miles has been farming for more than 50 years and he says this is only the second time he's had a total loss.

"Everything we had has been destroyed," Miles said.

Charles grows apples and peaches.

"They're in bad shape," Miles said.

"These trees where they lost their leaves, they're trying to make new leaves and you don't want that to happen," Miles said.

The only thing he was able to do is stop their growth so the trees can produce fruit next year.

"You can see the filth we've got in the orchard and that will take care of... will help stop the growth," Miles said.

The spring freeze and summer drought caused so much damage to Miles Orchard, they couldn't even open up this year.
Last year wasn't much better, a hail storm wiped out most of his apples and he was hoping this year's crop would make up for it.

"I'll take any penny I can get that's for sure," Miles said.

Charles says he's not the only farmer hoping to get relief from the state.

"You've seen the corn crops coming up here, everything else is drying up, soy beans are in bad shape. It will help a lot if this carries through," Miles said.

The only other thing Charles can hope for is a better crop next year.

Governor Fletcher has also asked The Kentucky Office of Insurance to make it easier for insurance companies in other states to adjust Kentucky crop insurance claims.

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