Time to Work on Disaster Recovery
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to N.C. in the area affected by Hurricane Matthew beginning October 4, 2016. The action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in many of the eastern counties.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals may register for assistance online at, by downloading the FEMA mobile app, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).  To find out more about locations and assistance available continue HERE. 
Hurricane Matthew Disaster Resources
The NC Cooperative Extension has published a list of disaster resources for growers. There are resources for both immediate assistance and long-range disaster management.
Scouting Flood Damaged Soybeans
Field Report October 13, 2016:  As flood waters recede across eastern N.C., disaster assessment begins. For soybean farmers one of the first things is to attempt to estimate crop damage. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task. The extent of damage is dependent on a number of factors including plant growth stage, depth of flood waters, days of flooding, and weather conditions after the flooding. Read more in the link above.
Marketing Flooded and Moisture-Damaged Beans
Our goal is to publish information that can be helpful in making decisions about marketing, insurance, and disaster assistance programs. Due to the timing of this storm, a lot of soy that is not yet mature is at significant risk of damage due to moisture and flooding. Some of the state’s top soy producing counties are impacted by Hurricane Matthew flooding, causing the potential for damage to a significant portion of the state’s crop. The low humidity and drying conditions in the week following the storm will help many fields. However, rising floodwaters have the potential to flood fields in eastern N.C. days after the storm event. 
Continue HERE for more on marketing damaged beans. 
Going to the N.C. State Fair?

Then don't forget to stop by the Got To Be N.C. Tent and see the NCSPA booth! There will be activities for the kids, and great info and giveaways for all ages! Look for the booth daily, October 13-23, 2016!

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