Written by Scott Marlow, Executive Director, RAFI-USA.
Published August 2007.
After each disaster, farm families across North Carolina sit down at their kitchen tables to figure out how to recover their losses and go forward. For an increasing number of families, the best and sometimes only option is to leave farming.
Disaster preparedness and response is a constant aspect of North Carolina agriculture. North Carolina experienced 28 agricultural disaster or emergency declarations between 1980 and 2004, including droughts, floods, killing frosts, and Hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Hugo, Ophelia, Isabel, Bertha, Irene, Ivan, Frances, Dennis and Bonnie. Yet today federal disaster relief programs protect less farm income and fewer farm assets in North Carolina than they did in 1980. If Hurricane Floyd were to happen today, by all likelihood, North Carolina farmers would receive less, not more, assistance from the federal government.
More information online at http://rafiusa.org/programs/farmsustainability/disaster-programs/report/