Much Of Eastern Carolina Disaster Area For Farmers

Farmers in 39 counties, many of those here in Eastern Carolina, could be eligible for federal disaster assistance because of too much rain.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack designated 13 counties as disaster areas after excessive rain and flooding caused significant crop loses. Another 26 adjacent counties will also be eligible.

The thirteen counties were named primary natural disaster areas: Camden, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Durham, Granville, Greene, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pasquotank, Pender and Washington counties. In addition, 26 counties were named contiguous natural disaster areas: Alamance, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Caswell, Chatham, Columbus, Dare, Duplin, Franklin, Gates, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Pamlico, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Wayne and Wilson counties.

Soybean, cotton and wheat crops have been particularly impacted by the wet winter. Farmers in those counties will be considered for Farm Service Agency emergency loans and for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    at least they are helping working people now
  • by Just My Opinion on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    As many "handouts" as we give everywhere else, don't you think the farmers deserve it? They can't help the weather and they certainly didn't ask for the rain. Personally, I think we should help "our" farmers before we help some other country. Think about it people, this is our FOOD we are talking about. Geez, lighten up on these guys !
  • by tnt on Mar 22, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    What a crock..........and we are still below our normal rain level for this time of year!! BS Just another government handout. I want mine.
  • by to dave Location: nc on Mar 22, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    I can tell you don't know anything about farming.
  • by dave on Mar 22, 2010 at 05:16 PM
    these farmers should refuse a welfare hand out from the government. isnt that communisn and welfare. yea hold your breath and see how many refuse it. no matter how u say it its still welfare to farmers

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