It’s likely that Carteret County farmers and agriculture took great losses in crops, produce, and livestock after Hurricane Florence hit areas in Newport, Morehead City, and Beaufort NC where many farming operations are centered. We reached out to several of these operations to get comments about their estimated losses and thoughts after the storm and we are awaiting their insights on the impact this storm had once they get their farms cleaned up and can assess their situations. Until then, please use our comment form at the end of this article to ask your own questions, or give us insights and thoughts on this topic as an area resident.
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10/15/2018 Update: The NC Legislature approved $70 million for NC Agriculture and $50 million for farm repairs and recovery under the 2018 Hurricane Florence Recovery Act.
Carteret County NC resources: Garner Farms, Open Ground Farms, Willis Farms.
Quick research shows that popular crops harvested in September are onions, apples, beans, raspberries, tomatoes, and potatoes. Which of these crops are grown in the county? Which one’s did we miss?
On 10/5/2018 a 510(c)(3) was setup to help NC Agriculture:
North Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation, Inc
Florence Relief Fund
PO Box 27766
Raleigh, NC 27611-7766
Attn: Perry Crutchfield
Discussions and Comments
It’s likely that NC state and federal disaster funds will help Carteret County farmers with their losses along with any insurance that they have after Hurricane Florence, but are there any areas in which insurance and state and federal help won’t cover losses?
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Is this county big on livestock and were there major losses in this area?
What are the estimated impacts on the many popular produce stands in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Newport NC?
What will be the impacts on prices of foods after this storm? What can the public do to help NC farmers that were hurt by this storm and natural disaster?
Aside from the losses in crops, livestock, and produce, there are also concerns that many agricultural workers will face unemployment and be displaced after this hurricane.
Are there any soil concerns that can have an effect on the ability to grow things after these types of storms?
Using the comment form below, what are some areas of concerns do you have for county farmers and workers that are not covered in this article?