Charleston county farmer explains needs for government help

Boone Hall Farms shows off the strawberries grown on the Mt. Pleasant farms. Farm leaders say their spring crop was not affected by the flooding in October.

JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCBD) — Thomas Lagore’s family has been in the farming industry since the 1700’s.

“Sometime’s I feel like I’ve been farming that long,” joked Lagore.

He says a farmer’s work never ends, especially when the weather puts an end to some of his crops.

Lagore explains that he and other small farms suffered major damages after October’s historic flooding. He pointed out that his roads around his farms are still damaged. In light of the USDA Under Secretary’s visit to the lowcountry, Lagore says there are ways the government could step up to help small farms–especially those that provide local crops to restaurants and markets.

He hopes that the government can provide some kind of ‘safety net’ to help farmers that are affected by extreme weather. He says crop insurance only the cost of the production of the crops, but he says it does not make up for the profit lost.

He hopes officials can one day help. Until then, he says he will hope to never see a flood like October’s again.

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