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FSA emergency assistance available for April 2019 extreme flooding events

Farm operators in NY, MA, PA, and VT who were impacted by April 2019 extreme flooding events are eligible for emergency FSA assistance until September 2020.

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue recently designated 43 New York Counties as natural disaster areas, along with contiguous counties affected in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, for two extreme rainfall events that occurred during the 2019 growing season.

Click here to view the official disaster declaration sent to Governor Cuomo from Secretary Purdue

Farm operators in designated primary counties, and contiguous counties, may be eligible for certain Farm Service Agency (FSA) assistance, including emergency loans, but there is an eight-month window in which farm operators can apply.

Secretary Purdue noted that “FSA considers each emergency loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of production losses on the farm and the security and repayment ability of the operator.”

Local FSA offices

Contact your local FSA office for more information. Click here for locations.

Spotted lanternfly conference in Binghamton, NY on 8/15/19 is open to the public

A spotted lanternfly conference featuring NY and PA experts will take place August 15. The public is welcome to attend.

Artwork by Karen English, NYSIPM.

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) should concern growers, greenhouse managers, foresters, nursery or christmas tree operators, landscapers, and master gardeners. Businesses and private citizens who travel through quarantine zones need to understand New York’s External Quarantine policy.

Spotted Lanternfly: At Our Doorstep or Already in Our Fields? will take place at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market in Binghamton NY, and is presented by The New York State IPM Program at Cornell University. SLF prevention efforts are also supported statewide by the New York State Departments of Ag and Markets and Environmental Conservation, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Finger Lakes Institute, and Finger Lakes PRISM.

Experts from across PA and NY will provide updates from Southeast Pennsylvania’s quarantined areas and what is being done to prevent SLF establishment in New York.

Cost is $50 per attendee and includes a catered lunch. Register here.

Additional information about this conference is available. Click here to learn more.