WGXC 90.7FM in Greene County had a reporter at Tuesday's emergency meeting for flood-ravaged farmers at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Agroforestry Resource Center in Acra. The full audio of the meeting is available by clicking here.
Earlier, on 9/13/11: From Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County, a notice about today's emergency meeting for farmers who have been harmed by recent flooding:
ACRA- In the wake of the storm, many agricultural operations have suffered serious loss and damage to crops, livestock, facilities, equipment, homes, and even to the land itself. People are struggling with cleaning up and moving forward, while at the same time trying to access assistance for their specific losses. Cornell Cooperative Extension is planning a meeting that will bring together agencies and businesses that can be of assistance to farmers in relief and recovery efforts from the effects of Irene. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 1:00 at Cornell Cooperative Extension's Agroforestry Resource Center, located at 6055 NYS Route 23, in Acra, NY.
This meeting is designed to offer farmers the opportunity to access all of the different disaster relief efforts being carried on right now by the different organizations and agencies, and all in one place. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) the Farm Services Agency, (FSA) Farm Bureau, (FB) NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS) Soil and Water Conservation Districts, (SWCD) Farm Net, the Department of Labor, (DOL) the Department of Social Services, (DSS) Crop Insurers, the Watershed Agricultural Council, (WAC) Farm Credit East, and Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on hand to help answer your questions, and help direct you to programs within the disaster relief efforts that can best fit your needs.
This is extremely short notice, but in the relief efforts, reporting and documentation all need to be completed in a timely manner, so please help us get the word out to folks that can benefit by attending.
For more information, please call the Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 622-9820. If you have special needs related to program participation, please contact our office in advance. Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal employment opportunities.