Rabon, the 63-year-old owner and operator of
Early estimates suggest about
Flooding destroyed more than 70 percent of Rabon's cotton in 2015, when remnants of Hurricane Joaquin dumped a tremendous amount of rain on
Rabon borrowed nearly
"I can't keep refinancing," Rabon told
He has crop insurance, he said, but every time he makes a claim, his premium goes up and his coverage goes down.
Prior to 2015, his insurance covered about 900 pounds per acre, but now it's only about 300 pounds, likely about
"Imagine working hard for 12 months and then finding out you're in the hole (tens of thousands of dollars)," he said. "You probably wouldn't be sticking around at that job."
"They don't need low-interest loans," Allen said. "They need (a bailout) like they gave
"We must be certain that agriculture is at the table and included when we analyze the financial impact of
Rice said he felt confident the federal government would be able to provide farmers some assistance.
The federal government offered
Rabon won't know for sure the impact
"It ain't worth a crap," he said, flinging a boll of cotton to the dirt as he explained the seeds had sprouted early, which would lead to rot.
He sells his cotton through a broker in
Rabon also farms soybeans, which he suspected were mostly fine, but he hasn't been able to see those fields because
He has two sons that used to work for him, but they had to quit and take other jobs even before the series of natural disasters because commodity prices have dropped, and there's not enough revenue to be gained for the three of them.
"When my toes turn up, I ain't got a youngin to take over," Rabon said, upset that
"Our government better realize we feed this country," he continued. "Just cause Ronald quits, I know the country won't go hungry, but if every (farmer) quits, it will."
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