Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a second round of flood recovery grants for 97 farms in 18 counties. Nearly $1 million in recovery aid funds will go to those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
The funds are Round 2 of the Farm Operation Match Component of the Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund. They’ll help replace lost feed for livestock, as well as farm-raised crops for retail and wholesale operations. The first round of grants awarded $1.3 million to 143 farms in 21 counties.
"Farmers are still feeling the storms' effects," said Cuomo. "These funds have enabled us to provide vital assistance directly to the farms that were hit the hardest. Many are family owned, and face huge financial burdens as they struggle to rebuild."
Under this flood recovery program, farmers can receive a 50% match for the cost of replacing livestock feed, up to $50,000. They can also receive a 50% match, up to $10,000, to help cover the purchase of fruits, vegetables, bedding plants, nursery and flowers needed to replace storm-damaged farm products to maintain retail operations.
Round 2 also included a component for wholesale farm operations. It provides funds, up to $10,000, to cover the replacement of crops lost that would have been offered for wholesale.
Immediately following last year’s storms, Governor Cuomo created the ACRF program to help rebuild the agricultural industry and farming areas in the impacted areas. Three of its components include ACRF Conservation, ACRF Farm Operation Match (Round 1 and Round 2), and ACRF Main Street. Together, they paid out almost $7 million in cash to 552 family farms and $3 million in grants to small businesses in 15 local municipalities across six counties.
A fourth flood recovery component, the On-Farm Capital Program, is currently accepting applications to help pay for capital losses experienced on farms. That includes certain minor structural repairs, permanent fixtures and equipment.
The deadline for submitting applications is April 2. Program guidelines and applications for the Capital On-Farm Needs Program are available at: www.agriculture.ny.gov/disaster-assistance-and-resources.html.