Starting late January, farmers who applied for assistance from the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 began to receive payments. “We received around 7,000 applications for ag disaster assistance,” said Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The first round of checks that went out Jan. 30 account for about 1,000 applications and total over $15.2 million in payments. A second round round of checks went out Friday, Feb. 1, covering another 1,000 applications.”
“The payments are done randomly among completed applications,” Troxler added. “So if your neighbor receives his check and you haven’t got your yet, just be patient.”
Following are a few of the most common questions we’ve been asked about the program:
Are you allowed to begin/edit an application?
The N.C. General Assembly extended the deadline period to December 20, so the application period has closed. Completed and submitted applications may not be edited.
What is my application status?
To check the status of your application, go to this link https://www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisasterprogram/CheckStatus/ and type in your 8-digit reference number. The status of your application will be one of the following:
- Under Review
- Being Processed
Special Note: Please be advised that we are unable to give any payment information (including estimates) at this time.
What if I forgot username or password?
Navigate to the application portal and click “Forgot Password?” under the returning user section. Enter the email address associated with your account.
The automated email you received when you submitted the application will have the username in the first line of the body of the email. Click on the link in the email to reset the password. After the success page, return to the portal and login.
When can I anticipate receiving a payment?
Applications are randomly reviewed and processed for an estimated crop value loss. All payments are paid by the Tax Identification number associated with the filed claim. All approved claims are summarized together for a total loss crop estimate payment. Payments will be in two phases with the first payment at 12 percent of the total loss estimate. Currently the next payment cannot be determined until all eligible crop-loss estimates are verified.
Eligible USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) approved applicants will be paid at 12.5 percent of the proven LIP payment.
Payments are being made as efficiently and quickly as possible.
Is my payment taxable?
Yes. An IRS Form 1099 for miscellaneous income will be issued to the person or business entity listed on the application for tax year 2019 for this disaster payment.
How do a I get more information on the payment I received?
Please submit any questions pertaining to your payment by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must provide your reference number pertaining to the payment received for your question to be answered.
Applicants for Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018 are encouraged not to call the NCDA&CS with questions but to submit questions by email.