The drought here is soooo severe that unless we receive huge amounts of rain in the fall and winter there will be nothing to do come springtime except cut down dead trees. Farmers receive assistance (read free loans or grants) all the time to not grow crops or to help them get by in tough times. We all know that we got into a business (just like farmers) that requires some amount of rain to sustain. I'm at my mom's right now and watching the last leaves fall from the maples and poplar trees. The 30+ year oaks are still surviving but it is only a matter of time before they and the pine trees are dead. It is only going to get worse before it gets better. By the way a HUGE nuclear power plant nearby is about to be shut down because the cooling lake is too low. I've never been one for a handout but when my business which I have put every dollar and every ounce of sweat into has been threatened with something beyond my control then we need to act. So I propose this. Anyone who has owned a lawncare/landscaping buisness for over 1 year and has operated legally (paying federal and state taxes) in the severe drought areas is due some consideration for federal relief. I don't know how much or how we should be compensated but maybe a percentage of profits or revenue. My wife, child, fetus, and I depend 100% on my income and hope to grow rich someday. LOL. For now I'm just hoping my monthly customers don't bail on me, but if they do I certainly wouldn't blame them. Any comments or suggestions, especially from previous farmers would be appreciated. Also I would like to know the names of whom we should contact to initiate some sort of process to be considered for relief. Hope for rain in the meantime!