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11 counties eligible for the Western NC Agricultural Crop Loss Program for damages and losses from Tropical Storm Fred and April 2021 freeze


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that farmers in 11 additional counties are eligible for the Western N.C. Agricultural Crop Loss Program for damages and losses due to flooding and excessive rain from Tropical Storm Fred and an April 2021 freeze and frost. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. Total funding is $10 million, or $5 million for each program.

“We offered a similar program in Western N.C. with an April deadline. This effort expands the reach of that initial program, recognizing there was additional losses outside the first counties,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This program only applies to the counties listed, and I encourage farmers to submit their application for assistance quickly to ensure they meet the Aug. 31 deadline.”

For questions about the program in general, call 866-747-9823. Applicants may also reach out to their local cooperative extension or Farm Service Agency offices for application support.


Expanded Tropical Storm Fred Assistance for Flooding or Excessive Rainfall

  • Eligible counties: Cherokee, Clay, Jackson and Macon counties
  • Eligible commodities: Theprogram will cover losses of crops, feed, livestock, aquaculture and farm infrastructure for farmers.  The agricultural commodities must have been planted but not harvested, or for aquaculture commodities raised on or before, Aug. 17, 2021.

Expanded Frost and Freeze Assistance:

  • Eligible counties: Alexander, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, Mitchell, Wilkes and Yancey
  • Eligible commodities: A person must have experienced a verifiable loss of agricultural commodities as a result of the April 2021 freeze disaster. Commodities in this program include: apples, corn, forages, grapes, nursery crops, potatoes, soybeans, sweet corn, tobacco, tomatoes, wheat, specialty crops and other fruits and vegetables. Stored grain is not included in the program. Livestock commodities include aquaculture, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, farmed cervids and bison. 








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