Gillibrand Gets Disaster Declaration For Upstate Farmers
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says the Department of Agriculture has issued an agriculture disaster declaration to help send relief to upstate grape farms and vineyards in numerous counties, including Steuben and Allegany Counties, where it’s been an extremely cold winter.
Gillibrand says that a secretarial disaster designation makes farm operations in primary counties and counties contiguous to those primary counties eligible for select assistance from the U.S. Farm Service Agency. The senator also noted that federal assistance can help provide farmers with prompt access to the financial and technical assistance they need to recover, including assistance through the Emergency Loan Program, the tree assistance program (TAP), the Emergency Conservation Program and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.