On April 17, 2019, President Trump declared a major disaster in the State of Tennessee based on damages and losses caused by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that occurred from February 19, 2019 to March 30, 2019.
In accordance with Section 321(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, 9 adjacent counties in North Carolina are named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA emergency (EM) loan assistance. These counties are:
Hodges said that effective April 17, 2019, farmers in Ashe may apply for EM loans for physical and production losses. December 17, 2019 is the deadline for filing an application. The local office is located at 134 Government Circle, Suite 101, Jefferson, NC 28640 and has office hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Hodges said that any farmer who suffered a physical or production loss should contact his/her office for additional information.