Flood and Rain Damage Assessment will Take Weeks

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler staff members, plus elected representatives from around the state toured some of the areas hardest hit by heavy rains and flooding.  NCDA’s Director of Communications, Brian Long talks about some of the things they saw and heard:

“We made a few stops and one was in Hyde County were we had over 100 farmers join us and express concerns over the amount of water. They are concerned about long term solutions for water management. It’s a very low lying area and there is a lot of good ag that has been affected by this rain. They are also concerned about some of the Federal regulations and the practices used by some of the wildlife refuges in that area.”

Most of the talk about damaged crops has been around cotton, peanuts and sweet potatoes.  But, Long says there’s one crop down east that’s been severely affected:

“Snap beans are a big crop in that region and there are estimates that Hyde County lost between $3-5 million. There has been a lot of talk about cotton and beans and tobacco but there are other crops being affected.”

The group moved inland from Hyde County:

“We then flew to Bladen County and got a good look at that corridor. We saw water standing in fields. Once we got to Bladen, we met with the Governor and about 150 farmers who talked about what they were experiencing. We want to get a good idea of the impacts to our state but it will take some time to understand the full extent.”

Brian Long, Director of Communications for North Carolina Department of Agriculture


A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.