Flood Relief for Area Farmers

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Flooded agricultural field

Flash flood waters from Tropical Storm Fred.

Farmer Relief Grant Funds

With our farming communities reeling from the disastrous flooding from Tropical Storm Fred, there is also a surge in support for those most severely impacted. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) created the Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund in 2020 to deal with the economic hardships farmers experienced due to the pandemic. That fund will now also be able to cover natural disasters and help fund a new round of Farmer Immediate Needs Grants.

This grant is intended to support farms with significant losses due to natural disasters. Farmers may apply for up to $500 to cover immediate needs and expenses towards cleaning, replanting, repairing, or other costs not covered through insurance or other available programs that will allow the farm to quickly respond or recover. Qualifying farms must be Appalachian Grown certified. Nonprofits are not eligible at this time.

Priority will be given to farmers who 1) face a significant loss due to flooding or other natural disasters; 2) depend on the farm business for more than 50 percent of their household income; 3) have limited resources or identify as BIPOC; and 4) will use funds to cover costs not eligible through insurance or other available programs.

The application is now open and the aim is to begin awarding support for farms in early September. For more details please visit ASAP’s website, where community members can also donate to this fund.

N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Hotline

Farmers can also access a variety of assistance through the Agriculture Weather Emergency Hotline where damages and other ag-related emergencies can be reported. The toll-free number is 1-866-645-9403. A live operator will be available on the hotline between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.