State agriculture leaders held an emergency meeting Wednesday in Raleigh to figure out how to help farmers.
Some estimate 40% of crops grown in the east including corn, cotton, tobacco, and soybeans will be a loss. The damage figure is already over $300 million, and farmers say without government intervention they could lose everything.
"Crop insurance is a great tool, but we don't need to think it's going to cover the losses," said farmer Pender Sharp.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says he will present recommendations for disaster relief to state lawmakers when the session begins September 12th.