Our View: Homegrown help for flooded farms
That's a lot of history under the bridge, but it's even more water, and so much that the Watauga /Avery Farm Service is now signing up local farmers for cost share assistance to repair damage to farmland due to flooding.
Many of us have the shared experience of flooding this season, but farmers are especially hard hit. Because of the extensive damage floodwaters can cause, farmers who need emergency conservation assistance in removing debris; grading, shaping and re-leveling; restoring permanent fences; or restoring conservation structures and other installments may qualify for assistance.
And while we can't predict when our rainy season will end, there is an end to when farmers can apply for the extra help: Aug. 9. Before that date, farmers who feel they may qualify for the aid should visit or call the Watauga/Avery FSA office. Watauga County farmers can call (828) 264-3850, ext. 2. The toll-free number in Avery County is (888) 644-3276.