(Posted Thu. Nov 1st, 2012)

Nov 1: As the East Coast continues cleanup efforts from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced mobilized assistance.  In addition, the USDA urges farmers to record losses from the historic storm.


“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week,” National Corn Growers Association President Pam Johnson said. “The past year has been a difficult one for farmers, and we are pleased to see continued support by the USDA.  While we realize many farmers have finished harvesting corn on the east coast, the assistance provided by the USDA goes far beyond those with crops.  We hope everyone in need finds some relief.”


USDA personnel are reaching out to all telecommunications, electric and water system customers in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to assess any damages and offer full and immediate assistance where necessary.  In addition, a list of available housing and emergency shelters has been given to FEMA.  The USDA also has reached out to state partners to offer food assistance to those in need in areas affected by the disaster.


For farmers who experienced crop or livestock loss, USDA recommends owners and producers record all pertinent information including documentation of livestock that died, costs of transporting livestock to safe ground or additional feeding supplies, pictures of destroyed on-farm storage facilities and evidence of damaged farm land.  Farmers are also reminded to contact their crop insurance agent with questions on prevented planting, replant or crop losses.


For additional resources, please visit USDA Emergency Preparedness and Response.


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