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35 Counties Getting Funds for Lost Crops


Governor Bev Perdue has received a disaster declaration for 35 North Carolina counties from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports the declaration will provide recovery assistance to farmers affected by last year’s damage from hurricanes and tornadoes.

The designation enables farmers to apply for funding through low-interest Farm Service Assistance loans and Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments.

New Hanover, Pender and Onslow counties are some of the local areas included. 

Perdue says the state must do everything it can to help farmers recover from last year’s devastation in order to be ready for this year’s growing season.

Farmers in designated counties have until September to apply for disaster assistance to cover crop losses.

Farmers can apply for assistance by calling 919-875-4800. 

And here's the full county list of counties. 

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After growing up in Woodbridge, Virginia, Michelle attended Virginia Tech before moving to Wilmington to complete her Master in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her reporting and nonfiction writing have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, within the pages of Wrightsville Beach Magazine, and in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter. Before moving to Wilmington, Michelle served as the general manager for WUVT, a community radio station in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives with her husband Scott and their pups, Katie, Cooper, and Mosey.