Estimated 40% Of Eastern Carolina Crops To Be Loss

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

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.

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  • by Bloke Location: New Bern on Sep 8, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    That's like saying someone else's insurance policy is better than mine, so therefore I want the tax payer to make up the difference. This is bogus bull. The farmers have insurance on their crops and if they didn't then shame on them the same way that it would be if I didn't have home insurance or car insurance. I grew up helping a local farmer put in tobacco for a summer job. He was a hard worker and an honest person. There are plenty of them out there. I so not agree with this though. I had to dig in my pocket for my home repairs. There is no government assistance for my deductible. Why should they be entitled to above and beyond their insurance policy. It happens every time we have a storm. Then they go out and buy some new equipment with their subsidy money.
  • by Shine Location: E NC on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:28 PM
    Crop insurance does not work the same way for each individual. Long time producers who have a base or a yield percentage may be entitled to a bit more because of crop ecperience.... Example: Young inexperinced driver vs. driver 40 yrs old with an established driving record.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 7, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    "... and farmers say without government intervention they could lose everything" What's this I see ? Sounds like now the locals want government intervention ? I thought that's what crop insurance is for, to guard against a wipe out situation.I don't believe it was ever intended to insure a profit in the event of a natural catastrophe. You can't have it both ways...unless you are trying to "game" the system. You all may have to appeal to the local Tea Bagger Party and see if they will intercede for you with the NC legislature.
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Sep 7, 2011 at 08:53 PM

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