HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – Farmers in Connecticut are now eligible to apply for emergency loans due to production losses following Tropical Storm Elsa earlier this summer.
Governor Ned Lamont announced the US Department of Agriculture on Tuesday approved the governor’s request for Connecticut to receive an agricultural disaster declaration following damage from Tropical Storm Elsa in early July.
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The statement means all Connecticut farmers are eligible for disaster assistance from the Farm Service Agency to cover production losses resulting from the storm.
“Farm owners are small business owners, and they not only employ large numbers of workers and generate economic activity, but they grow the food we all depend on,” Governor Lamont said. “Any relief from the damage suffered during this tropical storm will help these farmers. “
“Last year Connecticut farmers faced drought conditions and this year brought significant rainfall and flooding,” said Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt. “Agricultural producers across the state have suffered significant losses in food and livestock production. We also appreciate the support of our congressional delegation to help Connecticut farmers mitigate the losses and additional expenses incurred. “
Farmers will have eight months from the date of the Secretariat’s disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans. Farmers interested in applying for help should contact their local agricultural service agency office.