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Bill Looks To Create No-Interest Loans For Farmers Whose Crops Were Decimated By Hurricane Michael

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A bill to provide zero-interest loans to farmers whose crops are impacted by natural disasters is advancing through the Florida Senate. Backed by Republican Senator Ben Albritton, the measure is intended to help farmers whose livelihoods have been threatened by Hurricane Michael. Ahead of its first committee stop, Ryan Dailey spoke with the Florida Farm Bureau’s head of legislative affairs Adam Basford, and a Holmes County farmer whose crop was decimated by the hurricane.

Adam Basford, Florida Farm Bureau’s head of legislative affairs, talks SB 1804 – 0:00-4:15

Jeremy Rolling, farmer from Holmes County who grows cotton and peanuts, explains why he supports the bill – 4:16-7:04

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Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.