COLUMBUS – State Representative Haraz N. Ghanbari today urged the nation’s agriculture secretary to support relief for local farmers devastated by heavy rains and flooding.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) wrote that despite advances in technology to assist in tilling fields and planting crops, thousands of acres of prime farmland are seedless – and thousands more have crops that will not survive.
”These unprecedented storms are preventing the hardworking farmers of Wood County – my constituents – from planting their crops,” Ghanbari said. “I have with talked farmers who are working the same fields as their fathers and grandfathers before them, and this is the worst their families have experienced in decades.”
On Wednesday, Ghanbari, along with Governor Mike DeWine and State Senator Theresa Gavarone, met with local farmers and toured fields decimated by heavy rains.
Ghanbari said he’s also concerned with the impact this this disaster will have on feed local livestock farmers need, as well as the overall impact on our local economy.
In his letter, Ghanbari asked Perdue to give local farmers additional regulatory flexibility and requested the agency provide funding assistance for the planting of cover crops for erosion control and weed prevention.