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Originally published: 2013-07-18 12:43:31
Last modified: 2013-07-18 12:44:16

Our View: Homegrown help for flooded farms

National statistics confirm what we already know locally: This summer is turning out to be one of the wettest on record. Indeed, North Carolina is among five states with their Top 3 wettest June on record from the National Climatic Data Center -- June 2013 is our state's second wettest since record keeping began in 1895.

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.