Lack of rain making it hard for farmers

By Deon Guillory - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The rain we got last night was a welcome relief, but more is needed. The ground is so dry, farmers could soon be hurting, taking away from what's on your kitchen table.

"Rain would definitely help us a whole lot," said Tim Christian, a vendor at the 17th Street Farmers Market. When he is not there selling vegetables, he's home growing them and right now his produce is thirsting for rain.

Does he have a backup plan? "That's when hope kicks in," Christian said.

Farmers across the state are hanging on to hope and looking to the skies for relief. In fact, this month will likely go into the books as one of the hottest Junes on record and extremely dry.

It's so bad in some places, farmers have started selling livestock because of the lack of rain.

Matt Lohr is a farmer and works with the state agriculture department. He says if we don't get rain soon, products like corn, soybeans, and even dairy items  will take a hit.

"We're not there yet, but if we don't get the rain we so desperately need, it could affect what we put on our kitchen table," he said.

Meaning you could expect to shell out more cash for everyday items you buy at the store and even at farmers markets.

"So the produce that you buy at these venues there certainly will be a loss to which means the price will be higher for the consumer," Lohr said.

And the higher prices go, means it just keeps getting harder and harder for people like Christian to make a living.

"So far it's pretty much the same, it's not really bad, but if the rain comes in everything would be a lot better," Christian said.

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