Announcement from Sen. Chuck Edwards:
Now through Nov. 20th, farmers in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Rutherford and Transylvania counties will be able to apply for the NCDA&CS Agricultural Disaster Program. The sign-up period will begin Nov. 6 and will end on Nov. 20.
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will administer the program that will directly assist farmers who suffered losses to commodities, livestock, poultry and aquaculture because of excessive rain and flooding that occurred between May 15, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018.
Producers in these five counties who experienced a verifiable crop loss as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred during the time period, will need to go to their local United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office to file the necessary paperwork for FSA Form 578. This is a required document in the application process for producers who experienced loss with apples, corn for grain, grass, tomatoes or other field crops.
Producers without a 2018 FSA Form 578 on file can request a manual form at their local USDA Service Center/FSA Office. Please start this process as soon as possible. It could take up to 30 days to complete.
For application instructions and access to the application portal, go to www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisasterprogram.
Local FSA and Cooperative Extension offices will be available to assist farmers with applications. For more information, visit www.ncagr.gov/agriculturaldisasterprogram/FAQ or call 1-866-645-9403. Hotline available Monday – Friday 9am-4pm, with exception to state holidays.