Farmers who suffered crop losses in last October’s devastating flooding can apply for farm aid grants until August 15 from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA.)
Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said farmers can receive grants covering 20% of their crop losses up to $100,000. “It is of affected crops,” Weathers said Thursday afternoon. “We define that as a crop in the ground on October 1. So corn that had been harvested previously, might had been affected by the drought, is not an affected crop under this law’s intention,”
The General Assembly approved $40 million in state aid this spring to help flood-ravaged farmers. The grants will be divided among all who apply, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.
“The historic flood that hit South Carolina devastated many of the small farms across the rural areas of our state,” Weathers said.
To be eligible for the grant farmers must have: experienced a verifiable loss of crops of at least 40% as a result of the October 2015 flooding, a farm located in a disaster declared county and a United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency issued farm number.
Information on the application process can be found at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture’s website.