Vt. farmers can ask for more disaster relief funds

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Posted: Jan 31, 2012 3:56 PM
Vt. farmers can ask for more disaster relief funds

There's more grant money available for Vermont farmers hurt by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Farmers who need help can apply for assistance from the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund.

Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says feed has become an urgent need for some Vermont farmers.

He says many farmers are discovering that their hay and corn was damaged by the flooding and they are faced with the unexpected cost of buying feed.

To date, the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund has awarded $1.5 million to 177 farmers affected by Tropical Storm Irene. As of January 25, the fund had received or been pledged to receive more than $2.4 million.

The state is also looking for farmers with surplus feed for sale or that they are willing to donate.