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Thursday, November 15, 2018  |  Permalink

Harnett Farmers May be Eligible for Hurricane Florence Assistance Programs

Informational meetings will be held Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.

Harnett County farmers who were impacted by Hurricane Florence may be eligible for multiple recovery programs offered by federal and state agencies, along with the N.C. Farm Bureau. Harnett County’s agricultural agencies will host two informational sessions to assist farmers in determining which programs may apply to them.

Sessions will be held Nov. 26, 2018, at 7 p.m. and Nov. 28, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Harnett County Agriculture Center training room at 126 Alexander Drive, Lillington. Sessions are being offered at multiple times to better accommodate scheduling. Agricultural producers are invited to attend either session to learn more about the nine programs currently available to assist with storm recovery.

Topics that will be discussed include funding assistance for losses of agricultural commodities, forestry, livestock, poultry, nursery and special crops, as well as damage to agricultural lands (erosion). Attendees will learn which program(s) best fit their situation and will receive assistance completing and submitting applications.

The informational sessions will be hosted jointly by the Harnett County office of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Harnett County Soil and Water Conservation, USDA Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

For more information, contact Harnett County Soil & Water Conservation at (910) 893-7584 or go to www.harnett.org/soilwater/. For a quick reference guide of available recovery programs, go to www.harnett.org/soilwater/downloads/florence-agricultural-recovery-programsfinal.pdf.