Disaster assistance made available for farmers

Farm Service Agency offering hurricane help

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Some farmers may be eligible for disaster assistance following Hurricane Matthew.

Farmers in Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach may be able to get emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.

USDA officials say this assistance is also available for farmers in North Carolina with crops severely damaged by excessive flooding.

The Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach said they saw severe flooding after the hurricane. Several trees were also knocked down, damaging much of the corn they'd prepared for their Halloween events.

On top of that, trailers full of hay to feed animals were lost. In total, farm leaders estimated more than $10 thousand lost.

"It's a great thing they are looking at the damage and what it caused to small businesses and what they can do to help recoup some of that," said Bonnie Pruitt, a manager at the farm.

Storm victims should check with local Farm Service Agency offices for details.

USDA Declaration Oct 2016


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