Governor Lamont submits disaster fund request to help CT farmers
We are really feeling the effects of Hurricane Elsa on Connecticut when it brought us back the weekend after July 4, 2021. I wrote an article last week about the pickle my family Frankie’s restaurants were in good at. -loved, they must have posted a message on social media informing us, the hungry audience, that they were out of fried clam strips and didn’t know when they were going to be out of stock.
This was due to the beating that Rhode Island, Eastern Mass and Cape Cod suffered during Hurricane / Tropical Storm Elsa passed through the area. Commercial fishermen had to abstain and then all the heavy rains caused closures due to bacterial runoff.
According to a statement from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, when Hurricane Elsa passed over Connecticut, we received winds of around 40 MPH and dropped 1.5 to 5 inches of rain. Because of this, the damage and crop loss suffered by Connecticut Farms has reached the 30% loss threshold for a federal disaster declaration, which Lamont just submitted for approval yesterday, August 5, 2021.
It comes after Governor Lamont asked senior members of the Connecticut Agricultural Commission to tour Connecticut facilities and farms and see the damage for themselves. If approved, the governor’s request will make Connecticut farmers eligible to receive federal disaster relief funds to cover the losses farmers suffered because of Elsa.
With help en route from Farm Aid 2021, which takes place on September 25, 2021 at the Xfinity Theater in Hartford, the national spotlight will be on Connecticut farms and their farmers over the next month. Buy local produce and help too.
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