Farmers Ask Perdue For Irene Recovery Help Fast

Farmers in Edgecombe County say most of the local tobacco crop is damaged by Hurricane Irene, and they want Gov. Beverly Perdue's help landing money to recover the losses.

Perdue visited a tobacco farm Thursday to have a look. She also signed an executive order to make it easier for state crews to remove storm debris from farms and for farmers to burn storm-related trash.

Burt Pitt said he was able to harvest about 20 acres of his tobacco near Pinetops by continuing to work in the rain as Irene rolled in last weekend. Another 100 acres of tobacco leaves were shredded and turned yellow and brown.

Tarboro tobacco grower Richard Anderson asked Perdue to get help from the federal and state governments.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by skywalker Location: nashville on Sep 5, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    I'm a farmer and I work a 40hr plus job each and every week and if you have never walked in either of my shoes you need to keep your mouth shut there are benefits to each. When you sit down to eat where do you think that food comes from? when you put on clothes where do you think the material comes from?when, better yet don't eat anymore if you hate farmers so much. Do matter what your job is it's obviously needed for the economy to survive so stop whinning!!!!!!!!
  • by stan Location: Plymouth on Sep 4, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    I farm , I am 52 and tend about 700 acres with only 1 retired farmer who helps me during harvest. Believe me there are some very uninformed remarks on here. Most farmers do spend more time in their offices as they get olders because they understand the business, the workers on his farm can't do what he is doing. Ask most farmers and they would rather be in the field than in the office but the office is where they can make more money with their time. I am the smallest farmer in my area and do not work nearly as hard as some of my neighbors. Talk about us all you want to just don't do it with your mouth FULL !!!!
  • by tunnelvision Location: Tick Bite on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    The irony here is that I'd bet that the majority of these farmers receiving gov't subsidies and hoping to receive aid for Irene damage would identify themselves as conservatives and tea party supporters.
  • by fred Location: martin co on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:53 PM
    A farmer earns every penny he gets,,rain, snow or blow, they are out there trying to make a living,,my hats off to each one of them
  • by Farm Wife Location: Hyde County on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    The farmer is constantly putting back into the local economy. Each year he pays county taxes on the land he owns, he pays his employees, he buys all the nutrients his land needs, he buys his seed, he buys his chemicals, he buys his fuel, he buys equipment needed to farm, he buys parts, he hires aerial sprayers,he buys crop insurance (which pays a portion of his input but allows for no profit), and the list goes on. The farmer knows there are no free lunches for him. All of the farmers I know would rather harvest their crops, than to have to depend on help from the government.
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      by Beachbum3 on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to Farm Wife
      What you are saying might be true but at the end of the year when he files his taxes he pays no taxes on the income that he has made an he gets to wriet off thing bit of his epxense incurred in his making a crop so thulsy he is in fact in a round about way on the welfare of the government were he not getting all of the tax breaks then i might would feel sorry for his circumstance but not so under the current ecomionic conditons . with the tax breaks an the write offs. i am however sorry for anyone that is completely wipeout by storms of the nature of irene thank you
  • by Me Location: Enc on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    In many ways farmers are on a government high class welfare program.
  • by Tom Location: ENC on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Some farmers still work,but not like they use too.When they have a bad year they cry,when they have a good year they cry.They ride around on a new truck with a gold tobacco leaf on it.Look at the toys,houses and vehicles that most have.I dont farm and i wish i did! I wasnt left a big farm. Im glad for them.
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      by Beachbum3 on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:46 AM in reply to Tom
      in my own personal opinion there is no longer any farmer in the enitre country for it is all argi-business now a days with mirgriant labor doning the back breaking work becasue the bush admisntration refused to allowed the the proper funidn of the border patrol so that they could actually do their jobsof enforcement of an the protectionof the unites borders as a party of their jobs dutys thank you
  • by Karma Location: Ayden on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:15 PM
    Lets be honest here... most of the comments are prolly coming from older people who farmed as way of life with their family many years ago But they DECIDED they couldnt handle the heat and the back breaking Labor so they got a desk job with AC. Farmers do work and the play even harder just because they can work when they want to and be their own boss. I can tell you I have always met a HAPPY farmer and never a sad one. FYI... Crop insurance just covers the loss you had in the crop... fertilizer,chemaicals,and the seed BUT no profits on what they would have made off the crop. If you still dont like farmers, just get over it you should have stayed ONE!!!
  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Yea, lets give them a ton of money for them to pay the illegal, oh I mean migrant, workers to take right back to Mexico. The one down the road from my house had 3 bus loads out picking tobacco by hand this morning. I didn;t see the farmer out there picking a darn thing though. He was in his office, working hard...
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      by notafarmer on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:06 PM in reply to Bloke
      I saw the same this morning, however I viewd it much differently than you did. I would just about bet my paycheck that not one person on unemployment or government assistance has ask that farmer for a job. Instead they are to busy trying to find a way to scre@ the government out of a little more cash.
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      by Proud Farmer's Wife on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to Bloke
      yes, we have migrant workers and they work hard! We would be glad to hire others...but others don't want to get off their lazy butts and work. They would rather stand in line at Social services and cry for government help. And just because you didn't see "the farmer" out there working...doesn't mean he wasn't working. My farmer is always out there with his workers!
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        by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM in reply to Proud Farmer's Wife
        AMEN!!!!! Well said!
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      by jdw on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:19 PM in reply to Bloke
      How about you come help us salvage whats left of our crop instead of complaining about migrant workers doing it.
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      by Farmers Wife on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:29 PM in reply to Bloke
      My husband does have migrant workers that work for him, but evidently you have not rode by any of his fields because he is always around. And we have to hire migrants because people around here are to lazy to work and why should they when they can get food stamps!!!! You really need to think about what you are saying before you say it!!!
  • by Kleenex rep on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    I have never met a "broke" farmer. They claim to be but somehow find the money to constantly buy new trucks and equipment. They know that if they fail there will be a handout waiting. As far as the commercial fishermen, get a real job and stop raping the rescource that is there for everyone to enjoy.
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      by Farmers wife on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to Kleenex rep
      I wish I could talk to some of you in person. If you are not a farmer or married to one, you have no right to criticize them. I know how hard my husband and his family works. While you are off on weekends and holidays, they are at work. Why not spend more time complaining about the people who are sitting at home on their behinds while "we" are paying their way. Its not the farmers who are "milking" the system, it is those who get food stamps and other money that comes out of our checks. And for the record my husband does have crop insurance on all his crops and he "does not" have his hand held out waiting for a hand out from any of you!!!
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        by Proud Farmer's Wife on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:45 PM in reply to Farmers wife
        Well said Farmers wife!
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        by jdw on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:23 PM in reply to Farmers wife
        There are alot of people that dont have a clue what we go through every year.
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      by BOO HOO KLEENEX REP. on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:54 PM in reply to Kleenex rep
      Sounds as if you are a tad jealous of the Hard WorKing Farmer. So what if they have a new truck, car, house or whatever they want. They work for every bit of it. If it was not for the Farmers, you would have no food on your table. So you need to get on another train buddy. I bet you have never worked on a farm, much less done hard labor. So get back in your air conditioned room and stop your Blabbering. Dry those tears of jealousy with you nasty Kleenex.
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