Senator Roger Wicker
On Thanksgiving Day, Mississippians gathered with friends and families around dinner tables to break bread and recognize how fortunate we are in America. Just as Thanksgiving is a day in which we recognize the bounty of our blessings, it can also be a reminder of our challenges. We must be especially mindful of the devastating crop losses that are impacting families, farmers, and businesses across our state and nation.
A few short months ago, Mississippi farmers were preparing for a bumper crop. Many expected a prosperous harvest of corn, cotton, sweet potatoes, soybeans, and rice. However, September and October brought torrential rains. Some areas of Mississippi, including parts of the farm-rich Delta, received more than 22 inches of rainfall. As a result, crops have been so badly damaged that the collective losses total nearly half a billion dollars. The devastation is so widespread that 79 of our state’s 82 counties have been declared disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).