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Senators Push for FDA Loans for Relief to Farmers Losing Crops Last Spring

US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on the US Department of Agriculture to approval an Agricultural Disaster Declaration following this past May’s deep freeze in parts of New York State.

The lawmakers are calling on the USDA to quickly approve emergency federal funds for 31 counties across New York including Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Ulster and Westchester.

The senators said those areas suffered major crop damage from the extreme cold weather destroying thousands of acres of grapes, applies, strawberries, blueberries, and other fruits, and with harvest season just beginning it is vital that USD provide relief to farmers who suffered severe crop loss.

They said if the USDA approves the application, it will make relief available including low-interest FSA emergency loans to impacted growers in the designated counties.

Source: Mid-Hudson News

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