New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released a third round of state funding to farmers still struggling in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The hurricane, which struck the Atlantic coast last month, did significant damage to farms across the eastern seaboard, hitting with particular fury in North Carolina and New York. New York famers suffered several million dollars in damages as a result of the tropical storm.
Cuomo recently announced that over $1.2 million will be released from the state’s Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund, the third release over the last several weeks.
“This aid will provide immediate assistance to agricultural communities so farmers can begin the rebuilding process,” Governor Cuomo said. “I have visited hard-hit farming areas and seen firsthand the damage to crops, fields, and property. We will continue moving quickly to distribute these funds so those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee can recover as soon as possible.”
The recovery fund was initially announced on September 3, and will provide over $15 million to New York farmers. Funding is designed to help farmers stabilize soil banks, repair waterways, and improve water quality.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer