Farmers ask Haley to seek direct aid for destroyed crops

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The South Carolina Farm Bureau wants Gov. Nikki Haley to seek money from Congress for farmers whose crops were destroyed by last month’s historic flooding.

The agriculture advocacy group says South Carolina’s farmers lost at least $376 million.

The nonprofit is holding a news conference Monday afternoon. Its newly elected president, Harry Ott, says family farms desperately need help.

Farmers say crop insurance won’t come close to covering their losses. And they aren’t interested in taking the emergency, low-interest loans offered by the federal government, since they don’t want to get deeper in debt.

Earlier Monday, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers will address a Senate panel created to study the storm’s costs.

The early October storm that caused widespread flooding dumped two feet of rain in some parts of the state.

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