The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Granville, Greene, Lee, Montgomery and Moore counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that began Oct. 27, 2015.
Farmers and ranchers in the following N.C. counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
Farmers and ranchers in Halifax and Mecklenburg counties in Virginia also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Dec. 17, 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 emergency 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.
This disaster designation is the third by USDA related to excessive rain and flooding this fall. Two earlier designations in October and November covered a total of 30 counties where rain-related crop damage occurred from Sept. 22 through Oct. 4.
-Information from USDA