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N.C. activates hotline for reporting farm damage

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will activate its hotline beginning Saturday to connect farmers with resources that can assist with damage and other agricultural emergencies related to the storm.

The toll-free number is 1-866-645-9403. A live operator will be available on the hotline between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

“The crop, nursery and infrastructure damage in Western N.C. is devastating,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “It will take some time to fully assess agricultural damages and I encourage farmers with damage to call us with any assistance they may need.”

Farmers can also find recovery resources on the department’s disaster Web pages,