Agriculture community rallies together amid farming crisis

COVE CITY, N.C. (WITN) Those in the agriculture community are coming together as the heat continues to devastate Eastern North Carolina farmers and their crops.

Many farmers across the east participated in the "Save Our Farms" meeting Saturday afternoon in Cove City.

From 2015 to now, farmers in Eastern North Carolina have been suffering to make ends meet because of extreme weather conditions.

Last year, crops were compromised due to Hurricane Florence and this year it's due to the extended drought.

State representatives and local farmers gathered in Cove City to discuss the current farming crisis and possible solutions.

"Selling their homes, taking mortgages, they'll do that. They'll go to that extent to stay out here because that is what they've been called to do," says N.C. District 2 Senator, Norman Sanderson.

Patrick Wood is part owner of Wood Brothers Farm in Cove City and says the weather has caused extreme complications to farmers and it's time for something to be done.

"Farmers in the area are in a bad situation because of years and years of basically bad weather and higher prices as far as inputs are concerned and low commodity prices," says Wood.

Some solutions that were discussed at the meeting include farmers being compensated for the loss of revenue due to the ongoing trade war and USDA offering operations and emergency loans to farmers without requiring 150% collateral.