Preparations Underway for Farm Aid Implementation
Officials are already hard at work mapping out a plan for implementation of Palmetto Farm Aid. In the next 2-3 weeks, the advisory board will meet and determine the criteria for eligibility and to establish the application process. Once these pieces are in place, we will host educational sessions to further explain the application and requirements.
To qualify, farmers must have a United Stated Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency issued farm number and be able to demonstrate at least a 40% crop loss as a result of the flood. Documentation of crops and acres planted as well as loss will be required. Applicants must also sign an affidavit verifying their information to be true.
“It is our goal to administer this program as quickly and efficiently as possible because we recognize the immediate need of South Carolina farmers,” said Commissioner Hugh Weathers.
Look for more information in the next few weeks from your local USDA office, Clemson Extension office, county Farm Bureau, Market Bulletin and on the SCDA website (agriculture.sc.gov).