COLUMBIA, S.C. –The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today issued the following Key Vote Alert to members of the South Carolina Senate regarding H.4717, a bill which creates the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund to assist farmers who have suffered at least a forty percent loss of agricultural commodities as a result of a natural disaster. The State Chamber supports passage of this legislation. This vote will be scored on the Chamber’s annual Legislative Scorecard.
Ted Pitts, S.C. Chamber President said,“For those farmers who lost everything during the historic flooding of 2015, crop insurance will not be enough to help them rebuild. Agriculture, a foundation of our state’s economy, is directly tied to the success of our business community. The General Assembly has an opportunity to help our farmers get back on their feet and restore our state’s agriculture foundation and we believe they should take this opportunity to do so.”
Full Text of the Key Vote Letter
April 12, 2016
TO: Members of the South Carolina Senate
RE: H.4717 – S.C. Farm Aid Fund (Support)
The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports passage of H.4717, a bill which creates the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund to assist farmers who have suffered at least a forty percent loss of agricultural commodities as a result of a natural disaster.
South Carolina farmers lost more than $375 million in damaged crops as a result of the historic flooding in October 2015, and crop insurance is insufficient to cover the damages incurred by a natural disaster of this magnitude. As a result, many farmers are in jeopardy of losing not just their business, but their way of life. Agriculture is critical to the well-being of our state, and the business community relies on its success. The Farm Aid Fund is a small step toward keeping farmers at work and restoring our state’s agriculture industry and farming communities.
Please note that the Chamber will score your vote on H.4717 in the 2016 Legislative Scorecard.