Drought conditions are affecting all of Indiana’s farmers. Julia Wickard, State Executive Director for Indiana’s Farm Service Agency says her office is collecting the information they need to assist the state’s agricultural producers in their time of need.
“We are probably looking at sometime this month working with the Governor’s office and working with the state Department of Agriculture to submit something to Washington, D.C. to declare Indiana a state of emergency,” she says. “This would enable us to offer (when it would become available) any disaster assistance.”
Wickard tells Brownfield they’ve also asked counties to assess conditions of certain CRP acres for potential grazing. “I am working very closely with our counties to make sure if there are areas of counties that are in CRP that could be grazed, we have that information,” she says. Counties that submit their name to the state FSA office will be included in the request that will be sent to Washington, D.C.
Wickard says they will make that submission sometime early next week.
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