Deadline Looming for Disaster Relief for 2018 Flooding
The deadline for filing claims under the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Hurricane Relief Program for Henderson County is rapidly approaching. The last day to file a claim is Nov. 20, 2019, for losses that you incurred between May 15 and Dec. 31, 2018. Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, is a holiday and the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County office will be closed. However, we are available to help you any other weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 20.
Please make an appointment to come by our office if you need assistance in any way. You can reach us at 828-697-4891 and we are located at 100 Jackson Park Road in Hendersonville. Please don’t wait until the last minute to file your application. All applications must be filed electronically (online).
1. Go to Agricultural Disaster Program.
• Click the “Apply for Assistance” button.
N.C. Cooperative Extension of Henderson County (HCCE) is prepared to help growers with their applications. Once you have your crop reports, HCCE will be happy to assist in scanning and uploading these documents to your application. You will need your own email address to create an account in which to process the application. HCCE will also be prepared to help with filing application information. Please come prepared with the information required.
The NCDA&CS Hurricane Relief Program recently added Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Rutherford, and Transylvania Counties to the list of those eligible for this assistance. However, no applications will be accepted after Nov. 20, 2019. This relief will cover verifiable loss of an agricultural commodity as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred during May 15, 2018, through December 31, 2018.
As a reminder of the details of the program you can read the following.
On October 15, 2018, the NC General Assembly established the Hurricane Florence Agricultural Disaster Program of 2018. The program is administered by the NCDA&CS according to S.L. 2018-136 and provides one-time assistance for agricultural producers who suffered a production loss from the 2018 storms: Hurricane Florence, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Michael. The USDA-FSA and N.C. Cooperative Extension have assisted with information collection for the program. On September 20, 2019, the NC General Assembly expanded the farmer assistance to the five mountain counties with a secretarial disaster declaration including Henderson, Buncombe, Haywood, Transylvania, and Rutherford. Mini-budget S. L. 2019-429 passed and signed into law includes losses attributed to Tropical Storm Alberto from May 15, 2018, to December 31, 2018.
All Farmer Relief Applications must be filed electronically at Agricultural Disaster Program. An email address is required to apply.
Eligibility of loss is limited to the following:
• Agricultural products lost must fall in at least one of four categories: 1. Nursery products, turf, or select specialty crops. 2. Livestock and poultry with USDA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) payment received (Form CCC-852). 3. Aquaculture. 4. Field crops with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Form 578 • Must be a verifiable loss of an agricultural commodity as a result of excessive rain and flooding that occurred during May 15, 2018, through December 31, 2018. • Crop of loss must be in at least one of the following counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Rutherford, or Transylvania. If your county is not listed, your loss is not currently eligible for assistance.
Before beginning your application, please have electronic copies of the following documents:
• Full copy of a 2018 USDA FSA Form 578 Producer Print per county for crop losses
• Copy of USDA LIP payment receipt and FSA Form CCC-852 for livestock and poultry loss
• USDA FSA field map and list of physical addresses for specialty crops
• Completed, signed, and dated W-9 for producer social security number/employer identification number (this form is also available in the application). Your FSA Form 578 must match the name/business name associated with your tax identification number on your W-9. Payments can only be issued to the name listed on the 578.
FSA Form 578 Required for Application
A Form 578 Crop Report for 2018 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA) is required in this application if you are reporting crop losses. If you already have a Form 578 on file for 2018, please upload a full copy of it in your application. If you do not have a Form 578 on file for 2018, you can request to manually file at your local USDA Service Center/FSA Office. Please start this process as soon as possible because it could take up to 30 days to complete.
Please follow the steps below to acquire an FSA Form 578 for 2018 if you do not have one already:
1. Call your local FSA Office to schedule an appointment to submit a manual crop report.
2. Be prepared to notate on a farm/tract map the location of the 2018 crop that was planted.
3. Present some form of evidence that the crop was planted during the weather event in 2018. Examples would be seed and chemical receipts or any harvest documentation.
4. The local FSA Office Farmer Elected County Committee will make a determination that the crop could have been planted during the disaster event and document in Minutes. This action may take up to 30 days to complete.
5. Once the manual crop report is approved by the local FSA County Committee, the manual 578 can be uploaded in the application.
Checklist for Filing Applications
❑ The producer has eligible crops and is operating in one of the five eligible counties: Haywood, Henderson, Buncombe, Rutherford, or Transylvania.
❑An electronic copy of all required documents in their entirety is ready for upload to the application.
❑The producer has a hand signed and dated copy of their W-9 with appropriate Tax ID information ready to be scanned in and uploaded.
❑The producer understands that if they have multiple Tax IDs or are farming in multiple counties, they will need to apply separately for each one.
A copy of the complete instructions can be found via the Agricultural Disaster Program website.