Application Period Opens July 1 For $79.6 Million Hurricane Disaster Relief Program

Damage to a Johnston County tobacco crop in 2019 from Hurricane Dorian. Johnston County Cooperative Extension Photo

Hurricane disaster relief program for poultry and livestock, plasticulture and forestry producers

Program focuses on losses suffered from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian


RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has received a $79.6 million USDA block grant to assist producers and woodland owners in 90 counties who suffered losses in 2018-2019 from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian. The application period runs July 1 to Oct. 1.

This program will offer direct payments to eligible poultry/livestock and plasticulture producers. Assistance will only involve losses associated with these hurricanes that were not covered under other USDA disaster programs. This program will also offer technical and financial assistance to woodland owners in the emergency-declared counties that were affected by these hurricanes.

Comprehensive forest management plans will be offered to those landowners in order to assess the storm impacts to their woodlands and identify beneficial management recommendations.

“Eligibility requirements differ significantly between the agricultural and forestry categories of this block grant,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “I would encourage farmers and forest owners who think they may be eligible to check the online links for the agricultural applications or contact their local N.C. Forest Service County Ranger Office for the ‘Woodland Recovery’ component.”

Poultry/livestock and plasticulture producers will need a current and completed IRS W9 form ready to scan into the application. Additionally, growers are encouraged to research and gather any evidence of poultry/swine structure damage and any damage evidence for plasticulture and greenhouses from those specific storms. They should be prepared to scan documents into the application for consideration of payment.

Details about the “Woodland Recovery” program will be available beginning mid-July by contacting a local N.C. Forest Service County Ranger’s office. A list of contacts can be found at https://www.ncforestservice.gov/contacts/contacts_main.htm

For more information, including links to the poultry/livestock and plasticulture applications, visit www.ncagr.gov/agdisasterprogram or call 1-919-707-3362.


2 COMMENTS

  1. Da*n SOCIALISTS wanna keep getting free money! When will we wake up America, and end these wealth-redistribution programs?!?!? We have to vote these fools out, before they bankrupt us!

  2. Isn’t it funny how farmers and other business owners have no problem taking money for bailouts when it’s available to them, but then complain when the person down the street needs some food stamps to help feed three kids.

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest!!!

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