North country farmers affected by flooding can get help under disaster designation

Sunday's flooding along the Black River took a large, rolled bale of hay morte than a thousand...
Sunday's flooding along the Black River took a large, rolled bale of hay morte than a thousand feet. THe farmer had to drive stakes into the wet ground to anchor the hay.(Source: WWNY)
Updated: Jan. 30, 2020 at 2:24 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has announced a USDA Primary Agricultural Disaster designation for all 12 counties in New York’s 21st Congressional District.

She said this designation comes after excessive rain and weather events caused massive losses during the 2019 crop year.

Here's what it means: farmers are eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans.

“The weather events this past spring, including excessive flooding in many areas, took a toll on farmers across upstate New York” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am glad USDA has made this designation and will be offering aid to producers, who are vital to the North Country. I encourage any farmers who have questions about this application process to reach out to my offices directly.”

Farmers in these counties have 8 months from the date of this declaration to apply for emergency loans and Stefanik encourages them to act as soon as possible.

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