On Oct. 15, 2018, the North Carolina General Assembly established the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018, a one-time assistance program for agricultural producers who suffered a loss due to Hurricane/ Tropical Storm Florence. Although the program has been established, assistance will be dependent upon appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly. The program will be administered by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Important Disaster Programs for Pasture-based Livestock Farmers
The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has information on different programs to assist pasture-based livestock farmers after Hurricane Florence.
- The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) pays for livestock that were killed as a result of Hurricane Florence.
- The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) pays for cleanup of storm debris and repair of direct damage to fences and farmland.
- The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey-bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) pays for death loss, damage to pasture forage, and damage to hay, silage, and other feed.
Disaster Recovery Assistance for Business Owners Impacted by Hurricane Florence
The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has information on assistance with developing recovery strategies and support for immediate cleanup costs and long-term recovery.