How Farmers Can Get Help

Preliminary numbers for agricultural losses are in for Pitt and Martin Counties.

While the numbers will likely change over the course of the next few weeks, Pitt County has experienced catastrophic losses due to this storm. The total damage is estimated at $35 million. Officials say that Martin County estimated some $37 million in damage to crops. They say the bulk of the damage is to tobacco and cotton.

Unlike past weather events where flooding caused the most detrimental effect on our agriculture, wind is believed to be the most dominating factor. A tour of county farms found a high number of fences, roofs, shelters, greenhouses, and grain bins that were damaged due to Irene.

There is an agricultural disaster hotline set up. It's 1-866-506-6222.


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  • by confused on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    to okay, are you a farmer????? Have you been in the USDA and applied for the loans???? welfare paid for by the people not reaping benefits, HMMMMMMM. Let me ask you a question, if our crops were not replanted how would you eat?????? next time you look at your plate, yourself in the mirror, look at all the things that are only possible by farmers. They risk everyday their lively hood that can be taken in one storm. it's not welfare when they are working their butts off to make it, and it's not welfare when it takes years to pay the loans back. Without farmers, the world would starve to death.......there's your REAPING OF BENEFITS.
  • by okay... on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    ...but not one farmer can dispute the USDA largess being heaped on the farmers. We know where food and fiber comes from yes. But it's still a form of welfare paid for by people not reaping ANY benefits. USDA has to be pared down with all other federal spending.
  • by For Paul on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Paul, actually it’s very easy. Just quit your comfortable ,air-conditioned indoor job become a farmer and learn sweat and worry for a living. You'll also learn how to stretch a budget by watching your family do without while you try to make payments on much needed farm equipment,chemical pesticides ,fertilizers and seeds. None of which are cheap
  • by Shine Location: E. NC on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:21 AM
    Food chain synerio..... There are alot of things that support agriculture, not just row crops, but turkeys,poultry,pork, aquiculture, beef, etc. When that economy is diminished by 'whatever', then not only are the employees and owners affected but also everyone that supports them. Then the trickle down situation is felt....... at the local hardware stores, restaurants, jewelry stores, propane and oil sistributors, vehicle dealerships, and all of the other fun but really non necestial items we buy. Everyone takes a hit.
  • by Shine Location: E. NC on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:14 AM
    While it is true there are alot of programs for farm and farm owneers, there are alot of programs for other business people they just don't want to file the red tape to pursue it. We have lost alot of valuable crops after the storm........ Problem is that people don't see it like a 'food chain'.
  • by not hungry Location: eastern carolina on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:37 AM
    hope you are not saying this with your mouth full,and by the way it is a free country if you think it is so good you should start farming you just might change your mind
  • by Paul on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:30 AM
    It's been raining alot so my sales are down at work. How do I get some farmer welfare because of lost sales due to the weather?
  • by Knows the system Location: east of I-95 on Aug 31, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Yes they'll face a production loss this year. Rest assured though that government is taking care of them. That Farm Service Agency has loads of direct cash payments, virtual forgiveable low interest loans...you name it, USDA doles it out under program after program. It's a well kept secret, agricultural welfare! And affluent farmers are getting most of the pork payments. You'd never know it listening to them however.
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