Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer told Fox News last week the drought in the state is creating a “very serious situation”, with seventy percent of the corn crop in jeopardy. This week he will be in Benton to meet with those directly impacted by the extreme conditions.
Comer, along with State representative Will Coursey, will host a roundtable discussion with area agriculture leaders on Thursday at the Benton branch of First Kentucky Bank.
Comer will stop in Benton as part of a swing through western Kentucky in advance of the annual Fancy Farm picnic.
Comer tells farmers, “After you’ve done all you can do on the farm, the single best thing you can do is to keep good records. Several federal programs can cushion the economic blow of crop and livestock losses if an agricultural disaster is declared. Having accurate and complete records on hand will help speed up the process of cutting through all that red tape. You can get ahead of the game by contacting your local Farm Service Agency office to find out what documentation will be needed if and when a disaster declaration is made.”
Just last week, Marshall County’s drought status was upgraded to Exceptional, the highest designation on the scale.