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Emergency Designation News Releases

Printable Version
Farm Service Agency
Public Affairs Staff
1400 Independence Ave SW
Stop 0506, Room 3624-South
Washington, D.C. 20250-0506

 
Release No. 1521.07

 

 
Kerry Humphrey (202) 720-9733

 
USDA DESIGNATES 85 NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES PRIMARY NATURAL DISASTER AREAS
Decision Allows Farmers and Ranchers to Apply for USDA Assistance

 
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 85 counties in North Carolina, as primary natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought and high temperatures that occurred from Jan. 1, 2007, and continuing. Those counties are:

 
Alamance
Cumberland
Jackson
Robeson
Alexander
Davidson
Johnston
Rockingham
Alleghany
Davie
Jones
Rowan
Anson
Duplin
Lee
Rutherford
Ashe
Durham
Lenoir
Sampson
Avery
Edgecombe
Lincoln
Scotland
Bertie
Forsyth
Macon
Stanly
Bladen
Franklin
Madison
Stokes
Brunswick
Gaston
McDowell
Surry
Buncombe
Gates
Mecklenburg
Swain
Burke
Graham
Mitchell
Transylvania
Cabarrus
Granville
Montgomery
Union
Caldwell
Greene
Moore
Vance
Caswell
Guilford
Nash
Wake
Catawba
Halifax
Northampton
Warren
Chatham
Harnett
Orange
Watauga
Cherokee
Haywood
Perquimans
Wayne
Chowan
Henderson
Person
Wilkes
Clay
Hertford
Polk
Wilson
Cleveland
Hoke
Randolph
Yadkin
Columbus
Iredell
Richmond
Yancey
Craven

 
Also designated as natural disaster areas in North Carolina are the following contiguous counties:

 
Beaufort
Martin
Pamlico
Pitt
Camden
New Hanover
Pasquotank
Washington
Carteret
Onslow
Pender

 
In addition, the counties and the independent cities listed below in the adjacent states of Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are also designated as natural disaster areas because they are contiguous counties and cities.

 
Georgia counties:
Fannin, Rabun, Towns and Union

 
South Carolina counties:
Cherokee, Chesterfield, Dillon, Greenville, Horry, Lancaster, Marlboro, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and York

 
Tennessee counties:
Blount, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Johnson, Monroe, Polk, Sevier and Unicoi

 
Virginia counties:
Brunswick, Carroll, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Southampton

 
Virginia independent cities:
Danville and Suffolk

 
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 14, 2007, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

 
USDA has also made other programs available to assist farmers and ranchers, including the Emergency Conservation Program, Federal Crop Insurance and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

 
Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at: http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

 
FSA news releases are available on FSA's Web site at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov via the "News and Events" link.

 
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