USDA Money Reaction

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

"That will help us a whole lot if we get a 100 percent of losses, but how do you determine what our losses are?"

Farmers like Charles Wright and his brother, Garland are still asking questions about a proposal which would reimburse those hurt by the Avian flu.

Things are quite a bit different from last time, aren't they? I'll say. Yeah, things are rusting up, equipment is just rusting up.

Back in May, the Wright's poultry houses was packed full of chickens and eggs, then one of their birds tested positive for the Avian Flu. Now, the houses are empty and the Wright's are trying to put their lives and business back together.

"Counting buildings loss of everything we lost two and a half million dollars. Loss of production, loss of downtime, no income," say the Wrights.

Under the guidelines released Wednesday, the Wrights believes they could see anywhere from $300,000 to $400,000 in reimbursements.

While the money will only make a dent in their losses, one Valley agency is hopeful poultry farmers will see state support along with the federal money.

Hobey Bauhan, President of the VA Poultry Federation explains, "This has had devastating economic impact on the industry and Shenandoah Valley, we'd like to see as much compensation as possible."

In the meantime, the Wright's will continue to hope for the best.

"It's hard, we've had to borrow more money. If you don't have any money coming in- what are you suppose to do?"

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