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Agricultural Disaster Program Frequently Asked questions

What counties are eligible for assistance?

*Note this list can expand and is subject to change.

Agricultural Disaster Program
Alamance, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Davidson, Durham, Duplin, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Madison, McDowell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Tyrrell, Union, Wayne, Wilson, Yancey

What is included in an “agricultural commodity”?

Apples, barley, corn, cotton, dry peas, flax, forage, freezing and canning peas, grain sorghum, grapes, hay, industrial hemp, native grass, nursery crops, nuts, oats, peanuts, potatoes, rye, soybeans, sunflowers, sweet corn, tobacco, tomatoes, wheat, specialty crops, and other fruits & vegetables. *Does not include stored grain or other stored commodities.

Which livestock and poultry species are eligible for state assistance?

Livestock/poultry producers who qualify for and have received payment from the USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).
Eligible livestock/poultry includes: cattle, sheep, swine, goats, farmed cervids and bison. Horses, mules or other equines are also included only if they are used for production of agricultural commodities.
Poultry includes chickens, quail or turkeys.

For aquaculture, what commodities are eligible?

Inland aquaculture (catfish, crawfish ponds, etc.) are eligible; species that are propagated or reared in a controlled environment.

What are the application dates/deadlines?

If the agricultural/aquaculture commodity was planted, not harvested, on or before September 13, 2018 in an eligible county then the producer is eligible for assistance.
Beginning November 7th, 2018, apply for assistance at and submit by December 20th, 2018.
Livestock/poultry producers may extend their deadline to March 1, 2019 upon written request in the application on or before December 20, 2018. Nursery crops, fruit-bearing trees and bushes, and specialty crops may extend their deadline to May 1, 2019 upon written request in the application on or before December 20, 2018.

What if the crop was completely harvested by September 13, 2018?

The producer is not eligible for assistance. However, for example, if the tobacco crop was partially but not fully harvested by September 13, 2018 then total planted acreage within the selected county should be entered on the application.

Where can I access forms?

Form 578, CCC-934, CCC-852, and USDA LIP documents may be obtained at your county FSA office.
IRS Form W-9 is available at

What do I need to apply?

Producers/Operators need all of the following (electronic copies):

  1. USDA FSA Form 578 per county for crop losses *A late filing fee may be incurred for previously unreported crops. Please check with your local FSA office for more information.
  2. USDA FSA Form CCC-934 for honey/beehive losses.
  3. Copy of USDA LIP payment for Livestock and Poultry Loss (Form CCC-852).
  4. USDA FSA field map and list of physical addresses for crops not reported on USDA Form 578.
  5. Completed W-9 for producer SSN/EIN.

For livestock, which indemnity payment does a person report?

The total indemnity payment issued by the Livestock Indemnity Program should be reported.

Where do aquaculture producers apply?

Aquaculture producers will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Agriculture Disaster Assistance hotline Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1-866-645-9403.

If I am a producer/operator in multiple counties, do I have to fill out a form for each county?


Is this taxable?

Yes. In order to receive assistance an W-9 tax form is required in the application.

When can a producer expect a payment?

Assistance is based upon the amount appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly. After December 20, 2018 the application window will close and NCDA&CS will review and process the data. Then, checks will be sent as soon as possible after January 1, 2019, reserving allocation for requested extensions.

Are losses due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael eligible?


What is the payment calculation based on?

Payments will be based on a pro-rated share of the appropriation allocated by the NC General Assembly.

Where can I get help with the application?

Contact your local extension office for application assistance or contact the NCDA&CS Agriculture Disaster Assistance Hotline Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1-866-645-9403.

Steve Troxler, Commissioner
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3000

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