RALEIGH, N.C. Nov. 1, 2016 – On Thursday, Nov. 3, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse, North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bob Etheridge, and Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will visit areas in North Carolina that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Recently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 39 counties as primary natural disaster areas in the state.

USDA's Scuse and Etheridge, Congressman Butterfield to Visit North Carolina Communities Affected by Flooding

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RALEIGH, N.C. Nov. 1, 2016 – On Thursday, Nov. 3, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary Michael Scuse, North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bob Etheridge, and Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will visit areas in North Carolina that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Recently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 39 counties as primary natural disaster areas in the state.

Scuse, who was delegated the duties of Deputy Secretary of Agriculture earlier this year, Etheridge, and Butterfield will tour a local sweet potato and soybean farm near Princeville that experienced flooding and devastation from Hurricane Matthew. Earlier in the day, Scuse and Etheridge will visit Williamston to meet with students during the 2016 Northeast Regional Ag Expo, hosted by school systems in seven North Carolina counties. Scuse will discuss agricultural opportunities with the students in addition to USDA’s efforts to support their communities following Hurricane Matthew.

USDA has designated 39 counties in North Carolina – including Martin County and Edgecombe County –as primary natural disaster areas, in addition to 15 contiguous disaster counties, due to losses caused by Hurricane Matthew. All qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. USDA offers a wide variety of resources to provide assistance before, during and after disasters. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations, USDA created a Disaster Resource Center website, utilizing an innovative online searchable knowledgebase.


Martin County Event

WHAT: 2016 Northeast Regional Ag Expo
WHO: USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse and North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bob Etheridge
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Bob Martin Agriculture Center
2900 NC Highway 125 S
Williamston, NC 27892


Edgecombe County Event

WHAT: Tour of a local sweet potato farm devastated by Hurricane Matthew
WHO: USDA Under Secretary Michael Scuse, North Carolina Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bob Etheridge, and Congressman G.K. Butterfield
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11:45 a.m.
WHERE: 1002 East St. James Street
Tarboro, NC 27886


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