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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  • by enc on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:35 AM
    yes farmers work hard to provide food for the country but everytime a storm hits INSURANCE or handouts are given Commercial fishermen have plenty of regulations to go by but farmers can plant cotton and then they usen defoilent to kill it so it can be harvested what is that doing to our soil and people Cancer folks cancer same as agent orange used in Vietnam
  • by hshshs on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:34 PM
    coming from the daughter of a farmer, you are all dumb. a farmer spends HOURS yearly on the farm and away from their families so they can provide cotton for your clothes, tobacco for your cigarettes, and food for the world
  • by EverLastingKnowItAll on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    A farmer can get anything they want.Never see a rusty tractor or truck anymore do you?
  • by Del Location: Kinston on Jan 11, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    I thought this was a capitalist country not a socialist one.They grew their crops God destroyed them and yet they want taxpayers to refund them.Americans don't want handouts except when its for them.Bloody joke
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      by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to Del
      LeAd,your name spelled backwards,if they did not have insurance and or government backing you would not eat would you?Bloody Joke!
  • by facts jack on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    Hope they have to take and pass a drug test before getting a government handout.
  • by So true on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    Most of the farmers plant crops to fail so they can collection insurance every year... What a sham....
  • by hmm on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    last time i checked the commercial fisherman pays taxes toooooo............
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      by Agriculture on Jan 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM in reply to hmm
      Get you a US Department of Commercial Fisheries and maybe you'll get some money too.
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      by Bloke on Jan 11, 2012 at 01:11 PM in reply to hmm
      Yeah, except for the fish they sell that they never claim. You think all of these roadside shrimp and seafood sellers are claiming everything they sell. Last I checked you had to pay with CASH...
  • by enc on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    i agree with you hmm
  • by hmm on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:58 AM
    its amazing the rich farmers can get all the help and the starving commercial fisherman cant get anything but more regulations !
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      by Bloke on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:29 AM in reply to hmm
      Spoken like the true commercial fisherman.
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        by hmm on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to Bloke
        glad you noticed.
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      by Farmer on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:55 AM in reply to hmm
      Try farming then you will know what regulations are with hogs and using pest and weed controll,and by the way not all of us are rich my newest truck is a 1994 and tractor is a 1979 so eat that flipper.
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        by Tractor Dealer on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM in reply to Farmer
        I understand where your coming from, most ppl think u just plant and pick..... if they only knew!!! haha
  • by ENC on Jan 11, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    Why is it that farmers always get federal help after a storm/hurricane and the commercial fisherman get zilch can't understand it I gueaa farmers are more important than the commercial fisherman but at least the commercial fisherman don't get hand-outs from the federal government
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      by Bloke on Jan 11, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to ENC
      On one hand you are complaining about not getting a hand out and then you are acting like you are better because don't get them. Which is it? You either want one, or don't. I guarantee if you were offered one the pride would go straight down the toilet.
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      by Cboy on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM in reply to ENC
      ENC no handouts, really, what would you call limiting competition when it comes to selling a natural resource?
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      by Yep on Jan 11, 2012 at 04:18 PM in reply to ENC
      I agree. The poultry biz is in the same boat. No pun intended.
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