Despite a few days of much-needed showers here in the Midlands of South Carolina, worsening drought conditions continue to make things difficult for farmers in the Carolinas.
Last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor updated its maps for South Carolina, with nearly thirty percent of the state in “severe drought” conditions. Conditions are similarly rough throughout most of North Carolina. With many farmers still hurting from the last few hurricane seasons as well, there is some good news on the horizon.
As highlighted in the Post and Courier (see below), farmers affected by hurricanes, floods, and more are now eligible to apply for federal disaster funds through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity program. Details have been few and far between until recently, and at long last, we’ve finally got some answers.
For those interested in the state of ongoing farm-to-school efforts in North Carolina, don’t miss Jared’s terrific write-up on recent NC Farm to School Summit. Momentum seems to be building, and the incredible work happening throughout the state is nothing short of inspiring.
Thanks for reading, everyone.
All the best,
Matt Kneece, CFSA SC Policy Coordinator
PS – Our sale ends this Friday! So if you are still thinking about joining us for SAC, the time is now. Members save up to $125.
In addition to our policy team leading several workshops and the Lead Locally pre-conference training (see below), there are many other regional and national activists presenting. Activists are a critical seat at the sustainable farming table. Will we see you there?
After Friday, prices will jump up and all tickets will need to be purchased on-site