Good news for some of our farmers and landowners: the United States Department of Agriculture said several local counties are eligible for federal funding, after Superstorm Sandy hit our area last year.
The state's Farm Service Agency said it has been collecting data since Sandy hit to determine the types and extent of damage.
West Virginia has been granted approximately $700,000 to help those in the agriculture industry, those who state officials said are still recovering from the storm.
"This is something those farmers certainly need because farming is an activity, it's a job that's very difficult," said Walt Helmick, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture.
"It provides income for them because they expend a lot of their cash that way, in fuel, in supplies and everything just to clean up," said Alfred Lewis, state executive director of the West Virginia Farm Service Agency. "A lot of man hours just to clean up the debris."
Eligible counties in North Central West Virginia include Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Barbour, Lewis, Webster, and Upshur.
For more information on how to apply for assistance, visit your local FSA county office or the FSA website.