Governor Lamont announces Connecticut has been cleared for state agricultural disaster declaration due to Tropical Storm Elsa
Farmers across the state can apply for emergency loans due to production downtime
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that he has been notified by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that his inquiry Connecticut has received approval to issue an agricultural disaster statement due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Elsa in early July.
The statement means that farmers in the state are eligible for certain Farm Service Agency disaster relief to cover production losses caused by the storm, such as: B. Emergency loans, provided that the eligibility requirements are met. While only six of Connecticut’s eight counties are named as primary counties in the declaration – including Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham – Fairfield and New London are named as contiguous disaster counties, making all farmers nationwide eligible.
“Farmers are small business owners, and not only do they employ significant numbers of workers and generate economic activity, but they also grow the food we all depend on.” Governor Lamont said. “Any bit of relief from the damage caused during this tropical storm will help these farmers. The USDA has been a great partner for Connecticut – I appreciate your support in this recovery effort, and I thank President Biden and Minister Vilsack for approving this designation for Connecticut. “
“We are grateful to President Biden and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack for approving this disaster statement to help Connecticut farmers.” said members of the Connecticut congressional delegation in a joint statement. “The destruction caused by Tropical Storm Elsa caused damage and losses to our farmers through no fault of their own, and the federal government is ready to help them recover. We hope the Farm Service Agency can quickly provide assistance and financial assistance to eligible farmers as we deal with those who bring food to families in Connecticut. “
“Last year Connecticut farmers faced droughts and this year saw significant rainfall and flooding.” Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt said:. “Agricultural producers across the state have suffered significant losses in food production and ranching. We also appreciate the support of our congressional delegation to help Connecticut farmers reduce losses and additional costs. “
Farmers have eight months from the date of the Secretariat’s disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. The Farm Service Agency checks each emergency loan application for itself, taking into account the extent of the production losses in the company as well as the safety and repayment ability of the operator. Farmers who want to apply for the aid must contact. turn around their local office of the Farm Service Agency.
During Tropical Storm Elsa, Connecticut’s National Weather Service recorded winds between 39 and 42 miles per hour and rainfall between 1.5 and 5 inches. Additional thunderstorms in the following days made recovery even more difficult, increasing rainfall between 104% and 382% across the state in July.
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