SC to give $35M in aid to 1,250 farmers from 2015 floods

Eastover farmer Harold Hill lost his entire cotton crop to last October’s floods.
Eastover farmer Harold Hill lost his entire cotton crop to last October’s floods.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Nearly 1,250 farmers in South Carolina will get more than $35 million in aid for their losses during last October’s massive floods.

The Department of Agriculture said in a news release Thursday that 88 farmers will receive the maximum award of $100,000, while the smallest amount approved was $164.

The Legislature approved the aid this year over Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto. It supplements crop insurance and covers 20 percent of the losses from October’s floods and subsequent months of waterlogged fields.

Lawmakers set aside $40 million, but farmers claimed $35.5 million.

Farmers in Orangeburg County will get the most help at $4.4 million. At least $1 million in aid is going to farmers in nine other counties – Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Florence, Horry, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

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