USDA designates 4 more NC counties as primary natural disaster areas because of rain, flooding

By on February 8, 2016

USDA FSA logoThe U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Alamance, Chatham, Person and Rockingham counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began July 13, 2015.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in North Carolina also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:

  • Caswell
  • Durham
  • Granville
  • Guilford
  • Harnett
  • Lee
  • Moore
  • Orange
  • Randolph
  • Stokes
  • Wake

Farmers and ranchers in Halifax, Henry and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Feb. 3, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

–Information from USDA

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