WASHINGTON DC – Following multiple catastrophic events in the 2021 Crop Year, U.S. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a major designation of catastrophic disaster for Orange County, New York. Under this disaster designation, agricultural producers in Orange County are eligible to apply for emergency loans and assistance from the Farm Service Agency to compensate for production losses.
“New York’s farmers and agricultural producers are a title stone of the Hudson Valley, and for an industry that operates on thin razors, production losses during the COVID pandemic are the last straw,” he said. said Senator Schumer. “Today’s declaration of disaster is a long way off, not only toward helping farmers recover their losses from the 2021 Crop Year, but also toward securing the long-term viability of Upstate New York’s economy. I will do everything I can to help Orange County farmers and the rest of the state get the critical federal assistance they need as soon as possible. “
“Declaring this disaster will connect New York farmers to federal resources and is an important first step to help the agricultural industry recover from disasters that have affected crop production., ” said Senator Gillibrand. “I continue to fight for resources to ensure that farmers in Orange County and across the state can return.. ”
Farmers in eligible provinces have 8 months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans.
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