Craven, Carteret, Onslow Farmers To Get Help For Crops

Excessive rain and flooding late last year and early in 2010 has some farmers in the east looking to the federal government for help.

Governor Beverly Perdue wants Washington to get disaster designations for farmers in 13 North Carolina counties.

These counties include, Craven, Carteret and Onslow.

In particular, soybean, cotton and wheat crops have been affected.

Several farmers we spoke to say they'll forego a wheat crop altogether in 2010.

A disaster designation is a key step in making emergency loans available to farmers whose crops have been impacted by extreme weather conditions.

Craven County Ag officials say younger farmers will feel the most financial impact.

Ag officials say while the more experienced family farms that have been around for decades won't feel a huge impact, the conditions are still slowing normal operations.

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  • by tnt on Feb 21, 2010 at 07:40 PM
    This is just more wasteful spending, but if I was a farmer getting a handout from Perdue, I would vote for her too! The rest of us just have to vote her out. What are the farmer planting in February? How much of the fruit and vegetables in our grocery stores come from.... you guessed it........MEXICO?
  • by JD on Feb 21, 2010 at 01:14 PM
    when you gripe about a farmer don't talk with your mouth full! Hope the grocery store never runs out of food for some of you!
  • by why? on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    Because its a way of life and not like a Job to them
  • by Tom Location: NC on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    I see a lot of new trucks with that big ole Gold Leaf on the bumper. And check out some of those ole farm houses. Most of them have come a long way baby with a little help from the Big House on the hill.Check out the toys most have got.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Feb 20, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    Why would a person continue to work year after year at a job that did not make money?
  • by Farmer's Wife Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    Wake up Larry. If you knew how the mcuh a farmer really makes you would laugh. My husband is a farmer and also works another job. I also have to work outside the home. Maybe if we didn't have to support the welfare people and help pay for for medicaid maybe we would be better off. Hope you never have to go hungry when there are no more farmers! Hope you have a good day and your meals be blessed.
  • by To Larry on Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    The Farmers dont set the price of pickup trucks, Thanks the Government Motors Co for that. Do you really think a little car like you have can pull the loads farmers have to pull to do their work? Were do you think the food you are eating came from? The store didnt just make it, it came from a farm!
  • by Martin County Farmer Location: Williamston on Feb 20, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    What hand outs??? And the only check this farm wife gets is from the JOBS she works...Yes this farm wife works 2 jobs....My husband works long and hard hours for his work....and this past year was very hard with all the rain....and we lost a lot of crop because of the rain....So "just Me" I hope you do not choke on any food a farmer made possible for you to have as I write this...HAVE A GREAT DAY
  • by Larry Location: Plymouth on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    Talk about welfare. Farmers are the most heavily subsidized group of people living in the US today. Until farmers get off the bottle, this nation's budget will always be broke. All farmers do is whine about how they haven't got any money and how they barely "make it", all while driving $45,000 pickup trucks. What a joke. Cut their subsidies! Get 'em off of support! Take away their handouts! Other working people don't get that welfare.
  • by Chase on Feb 20, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    I dont think she can give farmers enough money to buy their votes next term.
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