NC farmers have access to help in wake of tornado

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Associated Press

Posted on April 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina farmers affected by the recent tornadoes now have a website and hotline offering access to resources to help them rebuild.

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has set up the Agricultural Tornado Assistance Program, or AgTAP, at www.ncagr.gov/agtap .

The website provides links to resources as well as an equipment and plant exchange for farmers to connect with others with plants and equipment for sale or are in need of them. There's also a volunteer exchange forum where farmers who need extra help can ask for assistance.

Farmers without computers can call the AgTAP hotline toll-free at 1-866-506-6222 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays to speak with a department representative. The hotline will also be staffed on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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