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  • Two weeks remain for farmers to sign up for Hurricane Florence agricultural disaster assistance

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    November 29, 2018


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018

     
    CONTACT: Andrea Ashby, director
            NCDA&CS Public Affairs
            919-707-3004
     
    Two weeks remain for farmers to sign up for Hurricane Florence agricultural disaster assistance
     
    RALEIGH – Farmers affected by Hurricane Florence have until Dec. 10 to sign up for the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. The program will directly assist farmers who suffered losses to commodities planted but not harvested before Sept. 13 and livestock. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the program, and assistance will be dependent upon funding from the N.C. General Assembly. 
     
    “With the holiday season upon us this is a busy time a year, but farmers need to make this a priority and get their applications in if they qualify for assistance,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If funded by legislators, this program will provide much needed cash flow to maintain agriculture and its multiplier effect for rural economies. Without it, we could see many farmers leave the business.”
     
    Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are estimated at $1.1 billion and expected to grow. More than half the state’s 100 counties have received a Presidential or Secretarial-disaster declaration.
     
    The General Assembly directed the NCDA&CS to establish a Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery plan in Session Law 2018-136. The sign-up period will end on Dec. 10.  For more information, visit http://www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisasterprogram or call 1-866-645-9403.
     
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    NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Andrea Ashby, Director
    Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
    Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
    Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047