FILE - Hurricane Michael farm

Irrigation pivot line blown over in a cotton field by Hurricane Michael

A disaster relief aid package designed to help offset some of the costs incurred by the wrath of Hurricane Michael is now in place to aid George farmers.

The cost of the damage to farmers in Georgia alone from last October's hurricane has been estimated to be $2.5 billion.

The relief bill provides just over $19 billion in relief to all states sustaining damage, but it's coming eight months after the powerful storm, which is later than other recent relief packages

In a post entitled “Disaster assistance bill not just help for farmers,” Jay Stone of the Georgia Farm Bureau pointed out “that after Hurricane Sandy in 2013, Congress took two months to pass a relief package. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it took two weeks.”

He also comments that the relief is intended to directly go to farmers but will indirectly help others in the community.

Stone quotes Dick Minor, a produce farmer from Andersonville, who said: “I think we’ve got to remember that this disaster bill brings money to the farmer. This money will go into our accounts and it’s going to be funneled out to banks, landlords, seed, chemical and fertilizer dealers, tractor and equipment dealers. It’s going to spur our rural economy.”