Farmers in 35 counties may be eligible for recovery help following last year's deadly tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.
The governor's office announced the disaster declaration from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack. This allows farmers in primary and contiguous counties to apply for federal financial assistance through low-interest farm service assistance loans and supplemental revenue assistance payments (SURE) disaster assistance program.
Farmers in designated counties have until September 10, 2012 to apply for disaster assistance to cover crop losses.
Counties under the agricultural disaster declaration include:
Agricultural entities in Bladen, Brunswick, Chatham, Durham, Gates, Granville, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Perquimans, Robeson, Sampson, Wake and Wilson counties may be eligible for Farm Service Assistance loans.
Farmers can apply for assistance through the USDA-Farm Service Agency office for North Carolina. The phone number for the USDA-FSA office is 919-875-4800.