Federal help is available for wind-damaged maple groves

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Lawrence Parker today announced that Chittenden County may accept applications through Jan. 19 for the Emergency Conservation Program to address wind damages to farmland, notably maple orchards.

The agency administers the program to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to pre-disaster conditions. Maple producers who sustained damage from high-wind storms this fall are encouraged to submit their request for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility.

“I realize that there are extenuating circumstances that must be addressed for livestock safety and health reasons, but I strongly recommend at least calling our office before any action is taken,” Parker said.

A committee will evaluate requests and obligate available funds based on site inspections of the damaged land, taking into consideration the type and extent of the eligible damage.

For more information, contact the Chittenden/Washington County FSA office at (802) 288-8155, ext. 102.

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