Senators request flood recovery help for farmers
New York's two U.S. senators want U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue an agriculture disaster declaration following recent flooding in New York.
“Agriculture is a key part of our economy and our way of life in Upstate New York,” said U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, in a statement. “As the waters begin to recede, farmers should have all available federal assistance at their back so they can hit the ground running as they start to recover and rebuild from this string of devastating storms. In the weeks and months ahead, we will fight for every last penny of aid to make sure our farmers can do just that.”
“When New York’s farmers struggle, our entire economy struggles,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, in a statement. “Heavy rain and flooding are leaving farms across New York State under water, damaging crops and costing farmers their business. We need any available federal resources on the ground without any delay so we can clean up, rebuild, and get our farmers back on the move.”
They have put their request into a letter, which is available below.
A disaster declaration would give farmers access to the Emergency Loan Program, the Supplemental Revenue Assistance program, the Emergency Conservation Program and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.