By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Farmers Federation has set up a relief fund to help Southeast Alabama growers recover from damaged caused by Hurricane Michael.
The storm “devastated crops, homes, barns and livelihoods in the Wiregrass,” said Jimmy Parnell, Federation President.
Before and after #HurricaneMichael
— Alfa Farmers (@AlfaFarmers) October 12, 2018
“Farmers are resilient, but recovery takes time and money. Alabama producers are grateful for financial help from friends and supporters — and covet your thoughts and prayers during the rebuilding process.”
Many cotton crops were damaged to the point that they cannot be harvested, leaving farmers who were counting on a bumper crop with just half or two thirds of the expected harvest. Peanut farmers and cattle ranchers were also negatively impacted.
“Farmers in south Alabama have received an outpouring of support from neighbors and people across the country,” Parnell said. “Many have asked where they can donate to help farmers who’ve lost their crops and barns, so we have created a special fund within the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation to accept these gifts.”
Wiregrass cotton took a beating from Hurricane Michael.
Farmer Fred Helms said he previously expected 1,000 pounds of cotton per acre. Post-storm, he’s looking at 350 pounds an acre. Some farmers are estimating total losses. #HurricaneMichael @spann pic.twitter.com/vmW7wbhRtZ
— Alfa Farmers (@AlfaFarmers) October 11, 2018
Donations are tax deductible and may be made at or send checks payable to Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation to P.O. Box 11000, Montgomery, AL 36191. All funds collected by the Foundation through Nov. 30 will be targeted toward farmer losses not covered by a farmowner policy, crop insurance or disaster relief programs.
The Farmers Federation also is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, state and national elected officials and others to collect crop damage reports.