Western Kentucky farmers will be relieved after a grain elevator was damaged by deadly tornadoes in December.
Governor Andy Beshear announced up to $3.25 million will help farmers continue to grow and process grain. The funds come from the Team West Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.
Tornadoes on December 10 and 11 devastated parts of western Kentucky and killed 81 people in the state. Thousands of people have sought shelter with relatives and friends, or at emergency centers, hotels and state parks.
The Graves County Grain Assistance Program was created after a group concerned about potential crop yield loss contacted Beshear, he said.
“This money will not only ease the stress on local farmers due to the loss of the Mayfield grain elevator, but it will also help get the grain to facilities that can process the product and keep the supply chain going. movement,” Beshear said Thursday.
Mayfield Grain Co. is storing more than 6.5 million bushels of grain at full capacity, but statewide grain supplies have been safeguarded due to damage to the company, Beshear’s office said in a statement. Press.
More information about the program is available at teamwkyrelieffundapp.ky.gov/grainassistance.