Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that an additional $1.2 million in aid from the state's Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund (ACRF) will be distributed among 127 farms to help New York's agricultural communities recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Including the first two rounds of aid distribution that were announced on September 22, a total of 252 New York farms have now been granted over $3.7 million in funds for rebuilding efforts.
"This aid will provide immediate assistance to agricultural communities so farmers can begin the rebuilding process," Governor Cuomo said. "I have visited hard-hit farming areas and seen firsthand the damage to crops, fields, and property. We will continue moving quickly to distribute these funds so those affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee can recover as soon as possible."
Darrel Aubertine, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, said, "This aid will allow work to begin as soon as possible to help our farmers recover from the devastating flooding. The recent storms did tremendous damage to New York's farmland and hurt our state's robust agricultural industry. Governor Cuomo created the Agriculture and Community Recovery Fund to help farms rebuild quickly, and together we will continue doing all we can to help New York's farmers get back on their feet."
The ACRF was announced by Governor Cuomo on September 3rd and will provide at least $15 million to rebuild communities and the agricultural industry in hard-hit areas. The funds awarded to date are from the ACRF Conservation Program, which is designed to help farms recover, stabilize soils and stream banks, restore water control structures, and improve and protect water quality.