The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has received a USDA block grant to assist producers in 90 counties who suffered losses in 2018-2019 from Hurricanes Florence, Michael and Dorian.
This program will offer direct payments to eligible poultry/livestock and plasticulture producers. Assistance will only involve losses associated with these hurricanes that were not covered under other USDA disaster programs.
Information on qualifying situations are listed below. To apply, please click on the links to the right. Applications will be accepted July 1, 2021 through October 1, 2021.
This program will also offer technical and financial assistance to woodland owners in the emergency-declared counties that were affected by these hurricanes. Comprehensive forest management plans will be offered to those landowners in order to assess the storm impacts to their woodlands and identify beneficial management recommendations. Eligibility requirements and program details for the “Woodland Recovery” component of the grant are very different than those for the poultry/livestock and plasticulture operations. Details about the “Woodland Recovery” program will be available beginning mid-July, 2021 by contacting your local NC Forest Service County Ranger’s office by visiting:
- Reestablishing poultry/livestock houses outside of the 100-year floodplain
- Poultry/livestock damaged and destroyed houses
- Lost production assistance for poultry growers.
- Cost share for expenses related to replacement of plastic and materials for nursery and vegetable growers.
- Greenhouse damage and subsequent repair.
- Management Plan and Technical Assistance. This program will be administered by the NCDA&CS North Carolina Forest Service.