Farmers are encouraged to carefully document all damage and report to the Farm Service Agency for possible emergency aid and for crop insurance claims.
New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) assembled a team to assist in emergency situations on flooded and wind-blown farms and assess overall damage from Hurricane Irene to agriculture, which appears to be extensive in some areas.
“We are coordinating through our vast member network to reach out to our farmers who are in immediate need of help,” says Dean Norton, NYFB president. "Stranded farms, stranded livestock, infrastructure damage and power issues appear to be the immediate concerns. In the coming days we will be collecting damage assessments and making sure that information is delivered to county emergency management offices in affected areas.”
Crop damage appears to be severe in areas around the Schoharie Valley and Mohawk Valley. Other areas in the Hudson Valley are seeing considerable damage as well. Long Island experienced crop damage as well.