The newly-created Farm Aid Advisory Board is assisting the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) in the administration and distribution of $40 million in aid to farmers devastated by October’s floods.
Department spokeswoman Stephanie Sox told South Carolina Radio Network that a farm must be in one of the disaster-declared countries and must be registered in order to be eligible. “They have to have a farm number that is issued by the Farm Services Agency,” Sox said.
The farm must also have experienced a verifiable loss of affected agricultural commodities of at least 40 percent as a result of the flooding.
Applicants will be required to sign, under penalty of perjury, certifying that loss information is accurate. “They also have to be willing to sign an affidavit to certify that all the information they reported is true,” said Sox.
Dates have yet to be set for when farmers can start to apply for the aid. If approved, the farmer would be eligible for up to $100,000 in aid or 20 percent of their documented loss, whichever is lower.