Irene Farm Damage Will Be Topic Of Discussion

State and Federal agricultural officials will meet discuss the progress to the agriculture industry since Hurricane Irene.

The agriculture industry was the hardest hit during the storm and damage estimates top $320 million.

Officials will meet tonight Tuesday night to discuss the progress thus far and concerns related to the recovery process. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston from 5-7 p.m.

Damaged crops during Irene included corn, cotton, peanuts, sweet potatoes and tobacco. Swine and poultry, farm buildings, machinery and equipment were also damaged.

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  • by anybody Location: nc on Oct 14, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Just remember that looking at the government subsudary website and the farm bill does not mean you understand where that money goes. More than 70% of that money in the farm bill goes for food stamps and welfare, funny how no one ever reads the small print. Yes farmers can buy insurance on their crops, but if your house was destroyed by a hurricane don't tell me you wouldnt seek out help from FEMA and other resources, and no FEMA will not take a single agriculture related claim. People get so confused by how much money a farmer handles that they forget to look at a farmers bottom line, believe me it isnt as much as you think. So please do not go bashing the agriculture industry which not only provides food for you, but your clothing, your housing, and many other essentials that you use every day. Farmers do not bash other jobs, nor do they get to complain about feeding those people who have nothing better to do than to complain about them. Take time to get to know your farmers and you may learn a different appreciation and respect for them.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    The government subsidary website shows all I need to know about alot of our poor farmers..everyone in the same family seems to own their own individual farm and collect their checks. Farmer or not this is wrong!!
  • by end hunger Location: Williamston on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:30 AM
    No Farms, no food! Don't you dare talk bad about farmers with your mouth full! Crop Insurance helps keep farmers from losing everything they have ever worked for. It MIGHT cover their expenses, most barely break even with insurance payments,they certainly don't make the profit they would get from selling a good crop at a fair price and they certainly don't get rich off of the insurance payments. How many years are you willing to work without getting paid. Not very many I'm sure. Get your facts straight before you run your mouth.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Oct 4, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Farmers can buy insurance on every crop they raise, They do not need a government handout. Just politics for the rich.
  • by Justice on Oct 4, 2011 at 03:09 AM
    Here they come, the tax man, cant you hear them coming again... to take away from hard working people to give it away to those who drive newer vehicles than we do... Live in bigger houses than we do.... worth more than we are.... Yep, here they come again... take, take , take...

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