Disaster assistance program remains open for poultry and livestock, plasticulture and forestry producers who suffered damage from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian. The deadline to apply has been extended until Dec. 31.
Summary: Back in June we announced this $79.6 million disaster assistance program to assist poultry, livestock and plasticulture producers and woodland owners in 90 counties who suffered losses in 2018-2019 from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian. The application deadline has now been extended to Dec. 31 to give producers more time to apply.
Back in June listeners may remember that we announced the application period for a $79.6 million block grant from USDA aimed at helping poultry, livestock, plasticulture producers and woodland owners who suffered losses in 2018 and 2019 from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian.
As we are quickly approaching the original Oct. 1 deadline, we decided to extend it until Dec. 31 to give affected producers more time to apply.
I think that makes sense because we are talking about storms that go back three or four years, and we wanted to give producers time to get their information together to apply.
As you may recall, the assistance will only involve losses from these hurricanes that were not covered under other USDA disaster programs. The program will offer direct payments to eligible poultry, livestock and plasticulture producers.
The program will offer technical and financial assistance to woodland owners in the emergency-declared counties. In addition, comprehensive forest management plans will be offered to woodland owners in order to assess the storm impacts and identify beneficial management recommendations.
The eligibility requirements are significantly different between the agricultural and forestry categories and for that reason, woodland owners should contact their local N.C. Forest Service County Ranger’s office for more details on the forestry program.
I know a good amount of time has passed since farms experienced these losses, but I would encourage anyone who thinks they may qualify to file an application. I know there are many North Carolinians who can benefit from these programs.
Poultry, livestock and plasticulture producers will need a current and completed IRS W9 form ready to scan into the application. Growers are encouraged to research and gather any evidence of damage to poultry/swine structures and any damage to plasticulture operations and greenhouses from these particular storms.
You will need to scan those documents into the application for consideration of payment.
You can find a link to the application and frequently asked questions on our website at www.ncagr.gov. Click on the Ag Disaster Program link on the right side of the website. If poultry, livestock or plasticulture producers have questions, you can also call us at 919-707-3362.
Again, woodland owners should contact their local country ranger office.
We hope to reach as many qualifying producers and timber owners as possible. If you know poultry and livestock, plasticulture and forestry producers you think may have suffered losses in 2018 and 2010, please tell them to check on the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website for more information.