Farmers have two weeks to get state aid for Hurricane Michael damage

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— North Carolina farmers have until Dec. 10 to register with the state for assistance in dealing with losses from hurricanes Florence or Michael.

The state legislature approved $240 million to help farmers who suffered losses of livestock and of crops planted but not harvested before Sept. 13.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is handling distribution of the aid, which is available to farms in 61 of the state’s 100 counties.

“With only two weeks left in the sign-up period, farmers cannot afford to wait to sign up for assistance,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The application process takes about 30 minutes per farm and assistance is available through N.C. Cooperative Extension and the NCDA&CS disaster hotline at 1-866-6459403.”

Farmers can also apply online.

To apply, farmers must have:

  • A Form 578 on file with the USDA Farm Service Agency for USDA reported crops.
  • For crops not reported on FSA Form 578, a summary of loss with map and physical address of crops.
  • For livestock/poultry loss, a copy of payment or registration of loss for USDA LIP.
  • Completed W-9 for producer SSN/EIN.

FEMA deadline for Florence is Dec. 13

home and business owners have just two weeks to register for federal help in fixing properties damaged this fall in Hurricane Florence.

The deadline to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is Thursday, Dec. 13, at midnight.

Property owners can apply in person, at a Disaster Recovery Center, over the phone at 800-621-3362 or online at

There are 10 centers open in North Carolina, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in communities across the southeast quadrant of the state, from Fayetteville to Whiteville to Morehead City.

In North Carolina, Hurricane Florence:

  • Claimed 31 lives
  • Knocked out power to almost 2 million customers at the peak of the storm
  • Dumped about 10 trillion gallons of rain
  • Gusted winds at up to 112 miles per hour
  • Saw 15,000 people forced from their homes into shelters