'Farm Bill' may help farmers during drought

Apr 24, 2014
Photo by: Donated FARMER APPRECIATION — Pictured from left are Paula Wyatt, director of Haywood FSA; Bob Etheridge, FSA state executive director; Martha Mills and Lynne Hall, Haywood FSA; and Lorena Gamez, migrant education recruiter. The FSA staff collected canned food to support the children of migrant workers in Haywood County.

Bob Etheridge, state director for USDA Farm Service Agency North Carolina, told area farmers that recent congressional passage of agricultural legislation, known as the "Farm Bill," may provide them with new help when disaster strikes.

"Extreme weather can create substantial losses for you," Etheridge said.  "Now, legislation originally crafted for livestock losses in other parts of the country due to drought includes elements applicable to southeastern livestock producers."

Signup for livestock disaster assistance began Tuesday, April 15, Etheridge told the crowd of 200 in the Waynesville USDA Service Center.

Etheridge spoke at a Haywood County farmer appreciation dinner, which provided information about programs available as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

For more information, visit the Haywood County Farm Service Agency office located at 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville, or call 456-3557.

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