2018 NC Disaster Assistance Deadline Approaching

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Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry from Hurricane Florence are estimated at $1.1 billion. Such extreme loss to North Carolina’s largest industry places the industry at risk. Farmers that suffered crop or livestock damage from Hurricane Florence or Tropical Storm Michael may be eligible for disaster assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. This program is a one-time assistance program of $240 million approved by the N.C. General Assembly. The program will directly assist farmers who suffered losses for all commodities planted but not harvested before September 13, 2018, to include inland aquaculture production, nursery, fruit production, turf, specialty crops, pastures, and livestock. (Partial list) Forestry and any stored commodity are excluded from the program.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the program. To be eligible for assistance farmers must sign up online by December 10, 2018. Assistance is available through N.C. Cooperative Extension. Within Craven County simply call 252-633-1477. Assistance is also available from the NCDA&CS disaster hotline at 1-866-645-9403.