HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – Farmers in Connecticut can now apply for emergency loans due to production downtime caused by Tropical Storm Elsa earlier this summer.
Governor Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Connecticut governor’s request for an agricultural disaster statement due to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Elsa in early July.
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This statement means that all Connecticut farmers are eligible for specific disaster relief from the Farm Service Agency to cover lost production as a result of the storm.
“Farmers are small business owners and not only do they employ significant numbers of workers and generate economic activity, but they also grow the food we all depend on,” said Governor Lamont. “Any bit of relief from the damage caused during this tropical storm will help these farmers.”
“Last year Connecticut farmers faced droughts and this year saw significant rainfall and flooding,” said Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “Agricultural producers across the state have suffered significant losses in food production and ranching. We also appreciate the support of our congressional delegation to help Connecticut farmers reduce losses and additional costs. “
Farmers have eight months from the date of the Secretariat’s disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Farmers wishing to apply for assistance must contact their local Farm Service Agency office.