Aquaculture Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Oct. 27, 2015 that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in North Carolina as a result of the excessive rain and flooding from Sept. 22 through Oct. 4. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.

Dairy Assessment Vote

North Carolina’s dairy producers will have a chance to vote on a three-year assessment program in a referendum Jan. 20. If passed, the assessment would help fund dairy education, research and industry promotions. Under rules of the assessment, N.C. dairy producers would contribute 2 cents per 100 pounds of Grade A milk sold to processors. The assessment would start March 1, 2016, and be in effect for three years. While the assessment would be mandatory, a producer may request a refund on a monthly basis. Voting will take place Jan. 20 at N.C. Cooperative Extension Service offices in 46 counties with Grade A dairy herds. A two-thirds majority is needed for the assessment to pass. Additional information is available by contacting Norman Jordan Jr., president of the N.C. Dairy Producers Association, at 919-545-1237.

Poultry Ban Lifted

The suspension of live poultry shows and sales was lifted Jan. 7 by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The NCDA&CS also released the registration requirements for small flock owners. The state’s suspension and registration requirements were established in August to guard against the introduction and spread of highly pathogenic avian flu. Nearly 50 million birds in the Midwest died or were depopulated due to the disease outbreak. HPAI has not been found in the U.S. since June, but poultry health experts haven’t ruled out the possibility of a reintroduction by migratory birds. Bird owners are encouraged to maintain biosecurity measures that have been put into place, including keeping domestic birds away from wild birds, using dedicated footwear for entering chicken coops or poultry houses, monitoring closely for signs of the disease and more. The department developed a Web page to keep bird owners informed of new information, at

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