Disaster Relief Available for Crop Loss During April 2021 Freezes

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Please see the press release below from the NCDA&CS announcing a disaster relief program for crop loss from freeze damage in April 2021. The state legislature included this program in the recent reconciliation bill passed in both houses and signed by the governor. The application can be accessed on the NCDA website or by using this link:  https://fs4.formsite.com/QopHZM/53zndaqmx5/form_login.html. Please be aware the deadline to apply is April 15.

This is a separate application from the Tropical Storm Fred application and will require a separate login and password to apply. You will need your FSA Form 578 of crops affected along with RMA or NAP claim information for review before the NCDA&CS can determine  proper payment.

Any crop not listed will need some type of yield history and 2021 loss document. Applicants can still call the hotline number on the NCDA&CS website to obtain assistance. Anyone needing assistance with the application can reach out to the Henderson County Cooperative Extension office at 828-697-4891 or Haywood County Cooperative Extension at 828-456-3575.

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agricultural Crop Loss Program has been expanded to include farmers in six western counties that suffered freeze or frost damage to their agricultural commodities from April 2 to April 21, 2021.


To be eligible for assistance under the program expansion, a person must have experienced a verifiable loss of agricultural commodities as a result of this freeze disaster and the person’s farm must be located in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania counties.


“A late season hard freeze can be particularly damaging for young plants. I was thankful when the USDA declared a freeze disaster that recognized damages and losses in several counties,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Farmers who have applied for assistance through this program for Tropical Storm Fred must demonstrate a separate and distinct loss for the freeze disaster. We encourage farmers to submit their application for assistance quickly to ensure they meet the April 15 deadline.”


Farmers who suffered a loss due to Tropical Storm Fred also have until the April 15 deadline to apply. Farmers in 11 western NC counties are eligible to apply for losses incurred due to Tropical Storm Fred. Commodities in this program include: apples, corn, forages, grapes, nursery crops, potatoes, soybeans, sweet corn, tobacco, tomatoes, wheat, specialty crops and other fruits and vegetables. Stored grain is not included in the program. Livestock commodities include aquaculture, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, farmed cervids and bison.


The application and required forms can be downloaded from the NCDA&CS website at www.ncagr.gov. For questions about the program in general, call 866-747-9823. Applicants may also reach out to their local cooperative extension or Farm Service Agency offices for application support.