The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Jones and Onslow counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began July 3 and continues.
Farmers and ranchers in Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Lenoir and Pender counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 1, 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.
Additional programs available to assist farmers and ranchers include the Emergency Conservation Program, The Livestock Forage Disaster Program, the Livestock Indemnity Program, the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program, and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Center 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