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.
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.”
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.