A message to all “Irene” affected farmers: Contact USDA

State and federal agriculture officials are urging all Vermont farmers who sustained damage from tropical storm Irene to contact their county USDA office to report the damage.

“Vermont farmers of all types, sizes and management methods, both organic and conventional—dairy, vegetable, livestock, orchard, crop, maple, diversified—who sustained damage from tropical storm Irene are urged to contact their county USDA office,” said Robert Paquin, director of USDA Farm Services Agency for Vermont.

Paquin emphasized that his agency is seeking reports from every farm affected, “whether or not they have participated in USDA programs in the past, and whether or not they carry crop insurance.”

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, USDA Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service, UVM Extension, the local Natural Resource Conservation Districts and other partner organizations are working to visit every Vermont farm that has sustained damage to assist in recovery.

Use the phone numbers listed below to contact a USDA field office in your community, or you can email wagn@uvm.edu for help.

Brattleboro: 802-254-9766
Newport: 802-334-6090
St. Johnsbury: 802-748-2641
Middlebury: 802-388-6748
Rutland: 802-775-8969
Williston: 802-865-7895
Morrisville: 802-888-4935
St. Albans: 802-527-1296
White River Jct.: 802-295-7942

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