Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds Available

— Written By Brad Thompson

hurricaneHurricane Florence and Tropical Storm Michael brought about significant damage to crops in Montgomery County and all of the surrounding counties. Due to this, the NC General Assembly approved $240 million to aid farmers in all counties that received Presidential or Secretarial disaster declarations. This declaration included Montgomery County. In order to be eligible to receive any of the funds, farmers must sign up through the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Montgomery County Center by December 10, 2018. “With only two weeks left in the sign-up period, farmers cannot afford to wait for sign up for assistance,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete and farmers must contact their county USDA Farm Service Agency, (FSA) office to obtain their 578 Form that shows the fields and crops that were affected by the storms. Any crops that are not reported on the USDA Form 578, a map and physical address must be presented with the application. Another stipulation to be eligible for the disaster funds is that the agricultural commodity being reported for loss must have been in the ground prior to or on September 13th, 2018 and not harvested prior to September 13th, 2018.

For more information on the Disaster Relief fund or application process, please call your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office or the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services disaster hotline at 1-866-645-9403. Farmers can also access the instructions for application via the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 website.