Hurricane Response and Recovery
Hurricane Matthew has left a trail of devastation throughout Sampson County and many farmers, ranchers, and producers have felt the effects. There are several programs offered by the US Farm Service Agency that may help in times of need. The most important thing that you can do if you have been affected is to document everything. Take pictures, record notes, document time worked on equipment, and man hours – If any activity is not documented, it didn’t happen, so ensure that you are documenting everything.
This program is a standing program embedded in the Farm Bill. If you have livestock mortality over normal averages that was caused by natural events then you are eligible. You should document damages by taking pictures, notes, testimonies of workers, service personnel, and others that witnessed the loss. Keep up with receipts, time, labor, and machine hours spent on clean up efforts.
The emergency reforestation program is for growers of pine stands (loblolly and longleaf) or hardwood timber that has experienced loss. Again, you should document damages by taking pictures, notes, testimonies of workers, and others that witnessed the loss. Keep up with receipts, time, labor and machine hours spent on clean up efforts.
ECP funding has been requested through the Farm Service Agency. It has not been approved as of today. If approved, ECP will offer 4 tiers of assistance for agriculture related damages.
- EC 1 offers assistance for trees down in fields
- EC 2 offers assistance for erosion in fields
- EC 3 offers assistance for fencing issues
- EC 4 offers assistance for structural pond dam repairs
To contact the Sampson County FSA office you can call at (910) 592-4791. The office is located at 80 County Complex Rd, Clinton, NC 28328.