More flood relief for farms: Meetings Wednesday, 9/14 in Grand Gorge and Delhi

This just in from the Middletown Flood Recovery website: Representatives from a variety of agencies will be onhand in Grand Gorge and Delhi today to help farmers navigate the many emergency aid programs available in the wake of flooding. Info below:

Farmer Flood, Forage & Feed Meeting September 14, 2011

Wednesday, September 14
1:00 pm at Grand Gorge Civic Center (formerly the school)
State Route 30, Grand Gorge
7:30 pm at Delhi Fire Hall
140 Delview Terrace Extension, Delhi

This multi-agency meeting targets the needs of farmers affected by the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Staff from the Watershed Agricultural Council, CCE Delaware County (CCE-DC), Delaware County Soil & Water, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the financial and technical assistance available to landowners.

Among the items to be covered:
Qualifying for immediate assistance programs such as NYS Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund
Applying for USDA FSA crop insurance claims
Completing the Emergency Forage Assessment form
Planning Feed Needs for your farm
Lining up emergency forage
Exploring other resources, troubleshooting and making site visit appointments.

These multi-agency meetings are free and open to the public, but will focus on the needs of local farmers and how federal, state, regional and local agencies and partners can provide technical and financial assistance. Call (607) 865-6531 for more information or to make accommodations for special needs.