The damage to homes and brick and mortar businesses from the flooding is devastating but so too is the overall damage to the land, including to those making a living off of it.
“They depend on the farmland to live on, to feed their families, and they’ve lost it all,” said Barbie Parsons.
Parson’s works for the Kanawha/Putnam Farm Service Agency and they continue to get reports from local farmers who have sustained damage in the June Floods.
Most of the damage was concentrated northeast of Charleston in farms that produce hay and cattle. Even worse, the floods hit in the middle of the hay bailing season.
“They lost their hay land. They were getting ready to cut their hay or they may have already had it bailed,” explained Parsons.
What should you do if you are a farmer who sustained damage in the June Floods?
You are advised to contact the Kanawha/Putnam Farm Service Agency at the number below to begin processing an assistance request.