Farmers Ask Perdue For Irene Recovery Help Fast

Farmers in Edgecombe County say most of the local tobacco crop is damaged by Hurricane Irene, and they want Gov. Beverly Perdue's help landing money to recover the losses.

Perdue visited a tobacco farm Thursday to have a look. She also signed an executive order to make it easier for state crews to remove storm debris from farms and for farmers to burn storm-related trash.

Burt Pitt said he was able to harvest about 20 acres of his tobacco near Pinetops by continuing to work in the rain as Irene rolled in last weekend. Another 100 acres of tobacco leaves were shredded and turned yellow and brown.

Tarboro tobacco grower Richard Anderson asked Perdue to get help from the federal and state governments.

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