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Heavy Rain Hits South Carolina Farmers Hard

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Ernest Doe of Aiken says, "We get most our product now from North Carolina and so I don't know what the farmers gonna do. Maybe the government give them a grant a low rate grant it's a possibility."

Ernest Doe normally buys vegetables from South Carolina farms and sells them here in Edgefield County.

But with all the rain this Summer he's been driving all the way to North Carolina to get his product instead.

Doe says, "That's about one hundred and some miles. So you take your gas, you take your time, it's not really worth it."

Doe says the rain has been so bad this year most South Carolina vegetables are bad.

Doe says, "I work with the farmers and sometimes I go to the field and I don't mind picking my own peas, but this year there were no peas due to the rain. They were all rotted on the vine. Everything spoiled on the vine."

It's quite a different story than it was last year when local business was booming.

Doe says, "Most of it was local, Blackville, Batesburg, Orangeburg, Columbia market, wherever we could buy reasonable because all of this has to be resold for a profit."

But times have been tough lately. He says there's nothing left in the Palmetto state worth buying.

Doe says, "No, most of the product is gone now. They have a few late crops. People planted a few late crops. They'll come off at the end of September maybe."

Doe hopes that the U-S Agriculture Secretary approves Governor Haley's request that South Carolina be declared an agricultural disaster area.

Doe says, "So all the vegetable growers here is on pins and needles. Maybe they look at Obama and say well is he gonna give us a grant or is he gonna give us a low rate, it could be one or two percent and then the farmers gonna do very well."

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