RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A deadline for federal disaster relief
assistance has been extended, giving North Carolina farmers hit
hard by the drought more time to apply for aid.
President Bush signed a bill earlier this year that provides $3
billion in agricultural assistance for disasters between 2005 and
2007, but it came with an application deadline of February 2007.
Democratic Representative Bob Etheridge said a provision in a
federal spending bill approved this week extends the deadline to
December 31, which will allow farmers in North Carolina and other
Southeast states to seek help following this year's devastating
Farmers in at least 85 of North Carolina's 100 counties already
are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.