Gov. Henry asking USDA for help for farmers

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CARTER COUNTY, Okla. -- Oklahoma governor Brad Henry has asked the USDA to help those farmers who seem to be losing so much due to this year’s floods.

For some farmers it’s a way of life. For others it’s extra income. But either way, rain has hurt farmers across the area.

Governor Henry has requested a disaster declaration for all 77 Oklahoma counties. The focus is on farmers and help from the USDA.

Ardmore farmer Stan Key says, "We all need help. Last year was the drought. This year it’s too much rain. If you get your money back, you’re doing good."

Officials at the Noble Foundation in Ardmore say the rain isn't the only problem. Last year’s drought played a part as well.

"Last year was the worst on record. It was a drought of epic proportion. This year it’s got its own set of problems but people may change this years set for last year’s set," Noble Foundation crop specialist Eddie Funderburg, Ph.D.

The USDA is preparing to do damage assessments for the area, but farmer Stan Key feels either way this will continue, and farmers need another source of income.

"You need a sideline job and then you can farm all want to, farming is something you have to love or you won’t be there long."

The watermelon crop was even affected. Losses are estimated at more than $2,000 for just one farm this year.

With this year's rain and last year's drought, many are working to come up with other ideas to get them through the summer.

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