Gov. Kemp demands action from Congress for weather-worn farmers

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Georgia's governor says thousands of families in the southern portion of the state need relief from catastrophic losses suffered in last October’s hurricane.

Gov. Brian Kemp was joined by Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black to demand Congress act immediately on a funding bill.

There are nearly $3 billion in losses to farmers in the southwestern portion of Georgia.

Pecan growers, as well as other families, are hurting from what was destroyed by Hurricane Michael, the governor said, to reporters called in hastily to the capitol.

Kemp said he has spoken to state representatives in Congress and directly to the president but there's been no action.

He said disaster funding should not be political because there are farmers in both Republican and Democratic districts that are waiting for help.