Farmers Eligible For Crop Damage Assistance After 2011 Storms

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:

Beaufort
Bertie
Camden
Carteret
Columbus
Craven
Cumberland
Currituck
Dare
Duplin
Edgecombe
Franklin
Greene
Halifax
Hyde
Johnston
Jones
Lenoir
Martin
Nash
New Hanover
Northampton
Onslow
Pamlico
Pasquotank
Pender
Pitt
Sampson
Tyrrell
Vance
Wake
Warren
Washington
Wayne
Wilson

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.


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