Officials Look at Dyersburg Farm Flooding
As waters continue to rise, West Tennessee farmers got a listening ear from the state government, Thursday morning. Commissioner Julius Johnson of the Department of Agriculture, met in Dyer County with area farmers to hear their concerns. “You’ve got to feel the empathy for all those individuals and landowners and try to find solutions. That’s what we tend to do is be an advocate for these farmers, to try to find ways to recover,” said Commissioner Johnson. He viewed the disastrous flooding along the Mississippi River by helicopter. “I saw a lot of muddy water, and I know that mud is silt… is soil that’s being moved around and it will also deposit sand and gravel on fields,” said Commissioner Johnson. Area farmers said they are worried about the aftermath of all the flooding, damage they will not be able to assess until the water goes down. “At best, it’s going to be a disaster, but it could be catastrophic to the agriculture community in West Tennessee,” said Jimmy Moody, a Dyer and Lauderdale County farmer. Commissioner Johnson called the area the “Bread Basket” of West Tennessee and said it produced crops essential to the area and other parts of the country. He said he would take the concerns of West Tennessee back to Nashville and do all that he could to expedite help for farmers.