Friday, April 26, 2013
Disaster Assistance Available for Those Hurt by Superstorm Sandy
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced disaster aid valued at $209 million to help farmers, land owners and communities recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
Funding is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Emergency Conservation Program (ECP), Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) and Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). The money will help rebuild and repair land damaged due to flooding and other events in 12 states.
The 12 states are: New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Farm Service Agency has been collecting applications in anticipation of the funding becoming available and will begin providing assistance immediately to eligible landowners. Applications will continue to be accepted through May 31.
For more information on eligibility requirements and applications, go to http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov or visit your nearest Farm Service Agency office.