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Midlands Farmers Receive Grants to Offset Losses Due to Floods

September 22, 2016

 

WEST COLUMBIA, SC - Farmers in Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington and Saluda counties have received almost $3.9 million in grants to help recover from losses from last fall’s devastating floods.

Last spring, the S.C. General Assembly approved $40 million in aid to help farms in flood-ravaged communities. Eligible farmers could receive grants covering 20% of their verified crop loss up to $100,000 maximum.

“Our farmers suffered greatly because of the floods,” said Senator Nikki Setzler. “That’s why I was proud to lead a bipartisan effort in the Senate to pass the Farm Aid legislation.”

Setzler applauded Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, the SC Department of Agriculture, the SC Department of Revenue and the Clemson Extension Service for their work to get grants to affected farmers.

“This was a bipartisan, multi-agency effort to help our farm families in Senate District 26 and across the state,” Setzler said. “I’m grateful for all those who worked so hard to get this relief into the hands of farmers just four months after the legislation was passed.”

The total grant amounts in Senate District 26 counties include:

•    Aiken - $370,555
•    Calhoun - $2,656,236
•    Lexington - $666,693
•    Saluda - $204,617

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