Pee Dee farmers still affected by October floods - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Pee Dee farmers still affected by October floods

CLARENDON COUNTY (WMBF) - Jeremy Cannon and his family have been farming in Turbeville for four generations, but the October flooding was a burden they had not faced before. Cannon’s farm received 20 inches in just 72 hours of the first rains, saying, "I don’t really know when we’re going to be able to get into the fields. It is affecting next year’s crops for sure.”

With 17 inches of rain since the floods, even now the fields are too wet to enter with equipment. The hope for many Pee Dee farmers is in grants. State lawmakers introduced a bill that just this past Thursday that could create a “South Carolina Farm Aid Fund” which would help farmers who lost at least 40 percent of their crop cover 20 percent of their losses. But that bill will have to go through legislation for any assistance to be given.

On Friday, Representative Tom Rice spoke to local farmers in Conway about $80 million in grant money available from the federal government, only if Governor Nikki Haley requests it. But that’s also another waiting game. Field preparation, which should have started this past November, may not be able to happen until late March. Despite damages to their land, the biggest hit for many farmers was to their finances.

Jacob Stokes is close with many of the Pee Dee’s farmers as an agronomy agent with Clemson University. Since October, he’s been working with farmers to get back on their feet. He says even farmers with the best insurance are struggling. He says farmers do not qualify for most small business loans and feel left out from the help that’s been provided to other businesses hit by the disaster. Some farmers do qualify for emergency loans from farm services agencies, but many cannot pay their way back in debt when all their crops are unharvested and underwater.

Copyright 2015 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Law enforcement searching for man accused of severely beating woman

    Law enforcement searching for man accused of severely beating woman

    Sunday, July 22 2018 3:26 PM EDT2018-07-22 19:26:09 GMT
    Source: Marion County Sheriff's OfficeSource: Marion County Sheriff's Office
    Source: Marion County Sheriff's OfficeSource: Marion County Sheriff's Office
    MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police are searching for a man accused of beating a woman in Mullins Sunday.  Emanual Warren, 34, of Mullins is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.  Captain Brian Wallace of the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the woman required medical attention from the injuries to her face, If you have any information about Warren or where he could be located you are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at ...More >>
    MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police are searching for a man accused of beating a woman in Mullins Sunday.  Emanual Warren, 34, of Mullins is charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.  Captain Brian Wallace of the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the woman required medical attention from the injuries to her face, If you have any information about Warren or where he could be located you are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at ...More >>
  • Horry County Police investigating after shooting in Socastee

    Horry County Police investigating after shooting in Socastee

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:32 PM EDT2018-07-22 17:32:43 GMT
    Source: Ian Klein/WMBF NewsSource: Ian Klein/WMBF News
    Source: Ian Klein/WMBF NewsSource: Ian Klein/WMBF News
    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police are investigating Sunday after a shooting near a home in Socastee. Horry County Police responded to a home in the 5400 block of Figure 8 Road off Socastee Boulevard according to Cpt. John Harrelson.  One victim is confirmed to have been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  WMBF News will continue to follow the developing story as more information comes available.  Copyright 2018 WMBF News. All rights ...More >>
    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police are investigating Sunday after a shooting near a home in Socastee. Horry County Police responded to a home in the 5400 block of Figure 8 Road off Socastee Boulevard according to Cpt. John Harrelson.  One victim is confirmed to have been transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  WMBF News will continue to follow the developing story as more information comes available.  Copyright 2018 WMBF News. All rights ...More >>
  • Savannah's Playground receives statewide recognition

    Savannah's Playground receives statewide recognition

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-07-22 17:03:59 GMT
    Savannah's Playground (Source: Myrtle Beach City GovernmentSavannah's Playground (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government
    Savannah's Playground (Source: Myrtle Beach City GovernmentSavannah's Playground (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Savannah's Playground added another trophy to the collection this weekend at the the annual Municipal Association of South Carolina Awards. According to Myrtle Beach City Government's Facebook page the playground was awarded with the SC Municipal Association Achievement Award. Myrtle Beach City Government The playground, which officially opened Labor Day 2016, features ADA-approved playground equipment and structures designed to provide...More >>
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Savannah's Playground added another trophy to the collection this weekend at the the annual Municipal Association of South Carolina Awards. According to Myrtle Beach City Government's Facebook page the playground was awarded with the SC Municipal Association Achievement Award. Myrtle Beach City Government The playground, which officially opened Labor Day 2016, features ADA-approved playground equipment and structures designed to provide...More >>
Powered by Frankly