South Carolina growers are on the lookout for crop loss aid payments from the state due to losses suffered during heavy rains and flooding last October.
Agriculture has its good times and hard times, and a lot of the hard times are caused by bad weather. Heavy rains and flooding in October 2015 caused severe damage for many South Carolina growers. The state decided in May to offer $40 million in crop loss aid to those growers affected by the damaging rain and flooding. South Carolina growers are now waiting for their crop loss aid payments to arrive.
Crop Loss Aid Details
Growers needed only to meet a few requirements to be eligible for crop loss aid from the state. Growers had to have suffered a verifiable loss —one that could be proven or verified—of at least 40 percent of the farm’s agricultural commodities. Sessions were held all over the state to assist farmers with filling out the necessary forms to receive the aid. Growers in most South Carolina counties had until August 15th to apply for the crop loss aid, while those in Cherokee, Oconee, and Pickens counties had until September 6th.
Growers could receive payments for up to 20 percent of their losses in crop loss aid. However, no farmer could receive more than $100,000 in aid. Estimates offered by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture put the crop losses from the bad weather at $330 million, with an additional $45 million in losses because winter crops were delayed.
Awaiting Aid Payments
By all reports, the aid application process went smoothly, according to officials quoted in an article in The Times and Democrat newspaper. In the article, South Carolina Farm Bureau President Harry Ott offered his appreciation to the S.C. Department of Agriculture, the Clemson Extension, and the S.C. Department of Revenue for a smooth process.
Reports state that growers can expect crop loss payments to begin arriving as the first were scheduled for October 1st.
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