Area farmers eligible for flood damage

by Sep 12, 2013Happenings0 comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared a natural disaster in the State of Tennessee on Aug. 28 based on damages and losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred from March 1 and continuing. 

In accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, six adjacent counties in North Carolina are named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA emergency (EM) loan assistance including: Cherokee, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey.

Farmers in Swain County may now apply for EM loans for production losses with an April 28, 2014 deadline for filing an application.  The local office is located at 50 Main St., Bryson City, Room 220 Federal Building and has office hours of 8am – 4:30pm.