Raleigh, N.C. – In a joint press release, Sen. Chuck Edwards (R-Henderson) and Rep. Tim Moffitt (R-Henderson) announce the allocation of further funding for Western North Carolina, adding millions to the original $292.2 million appropriated in the 2021 state budget.
Sen. Edwards and Rep. Moffitt have secured an additional $7,500,000 for the buildout of the Ecusta Trail greenway. This appropriation will be in addition to the $600,000 designated in the appropriations bill for the development of a multi-use greenway spanning across Henderson and Transylvania Counties. The Ecusta Trail seeks to connect the main hubs of Hendersonville and Brevard in each county, giving trail users access to a picturesque walk through the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina like never before.
The Henderson County legislators also fought for local farmers, expanding the Agricultural Crop Loss Program to make eligible those Western North Carolina farms who experienced damages and losses of agricultural commodities to the freeze disaster spanning April 2, 2021, to April 21, 2021. Farmers in eligible counties may now receive financial assistance to mitigate the impact of the lost agricultural commodities.
“Just about every local government, tourism authority, business promotion group, and major healthcare advocate in my district have made this greenway a high priority. And, in the past, we have seen too many state dollars go to help eastern farmers while ours in the west were ignored. I'm pleased that with the help of Rep. Moffitt, we've made sure our western county's voices are being heard and their needs are prioritized." Sen. Chuck Edwards reported.
When asked about what the program's expansion means for his district's farmers, Rep. Moffitt stated, "Henderson County’s family farms are central to both our identity and our economy.” Rep. Moffitt continued by saying, “I want to thank our Agriculture Commissioner, Steve Troxler, for working with us to get this done. North Carolina’s farmers should know that we will always have their back.”
The following counties are eligible to apply for financial assistance from losses endured during the April 2021 freeze disaster through the Agricultural Crop Loss Program program:
Farmers who experienced losses during both the freeze disaster and Tropical Storm Fred may apply for financial assistance for each instance, so long as they demonstrate separate and distinct losses.