DR. PHIL MILLER REQUESTS DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR LOCAL FARMERS FROM USDA
Jefferson County, Iowa — Iowa House candidate Dr. Phil Miller of Jefferson County today called on US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to declare a disaster emergency in Davis, Jefferson, and Van Buren County due to drought conditions.
“Over the last month, I’ve been all over Jefferson, Van Buren, and Davis Counties talking to farmers, seeing the conditions on the ground, and learning what measures our farmers are being forced to take because of the drought. Hay, corn, bean, and cattle production are suffering because of the extreme drought,” wrote Dr. Miller in a letter to Sec. Perdue.
“I am writing to urge you to use your powers as Secretary of Agriculture to declare a drought disaster emergency so that farmers in the area are able to access USDA loans if necessary,” added Miller, who is a veterinarian and owner of a large and small animal practice in Jefferson County.
Dr. Miller is also running in the Iowa House special election coming up on August 8th. Miller also requested permission from Sec. Perdue and the US Dept. of Agriculture for local farmers to use Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands for grazing to help with current livestock needs and also preserve hay for winter use.
“I’m hopeful the USDA and Sec. Perdue will take quick action to support our local farmers and provide some relief to them in these severe drought conditions,” added Dr. Miller.
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