New York farmers hit hard by Irene assessing damage

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Farm Bureau is helping farmers who suffered devastating damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

The farm advocacy group is working with state and local government officials to determine the damage to crops and dairy herds.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said many fields are underwater and an undetermined number of dairy cows drowned or were swept away by the rushing flood waters.

Other farms had extensive wind damage to crops.

Farm Bureau President Dean Norton says the group and officials are reaching out to farmers to assess the damage for reimbursement from insurance and potentially from federal disaster funds.

Farmers can call the bureau at 518-436-8495 or their local county emergency management office.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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