More Disaster Aid Available to NC Farmers Affected by Hurricane Irene

North Carolina farmers affected by Hurricane Irene last August and by tornadoes in April can now get more help from the federal government with more loan options and payment to recover from crop losses.

State elected officials announced Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack declared 34 eastern counties disaster areas.  The designation means farms in those counties and surrounding counties that perhaps didn't qualify for previous disaster loans can seek them under another progra.  The can also apply for direct payments to help with significant crop losses.

State officials have said crop, forestry and agricultural equipment losses during Hurricane Irene could exceed $500 million.

Governor Beverly Perdue's office said this and other potential federal funding will affect what type of aid the state may provide to farmers. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.