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Farmers in 42 NC counties can receive federal aid

Posted September 10, 2011 4:13 p.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2011 1:24 p.m. EDT

— Gov. Beverly Perdue says farmers in 42 counties are eligible for federal disaster assistance for damage caused by Hurricane Irene.

Perdue said in a news release Saturday that the U.S. Agriculture Department is providing Farm Service Agency emergency loan assistance to those farmers. The loans are the result of a disaster declaration that President Obama approved Aug. 29, just two days after Irene made landfall in North Carolina.

More counties could be eligible for the USDA assistance later.

Perdue also has requested an expedited disaster declaration by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. That declaration would allow for additional assistance for uninsured crops and restoration of damaged farmland.

The counties that eligible for assistance as of Saturday are: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Roberson, Sampson, Tyrrell, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.