Program Offers NC Farmers Recovery Aid After Florence, Michael

Program Offers NC Farmers Recovery Aid After Florence, Michael

5:14pm Dec 04, 2018
Chicken farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

North Carolina farmers impacted by Tropical Storm Michael or Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get help from the state to cover some losses. The deadline to apply for assistance is next week.

The North Carolina General Assembly has approved $240 million to help farmers.

It will directly assist those who suffered livestock and crop losses due to the storms. Crops must have been planted, but not harvested before September 13.

The state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the program. It’s available to farms in 61 of the state’s 100 counties.

The application is available online. Farmers can also contact their local extension office or call the agency’s disaster hotline for assistance.

The registration deadline is December 10.

According to the governor’s office, Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $2.4 billion in damages to the state’s agricultural sector.

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