Vermont farms suffer losses in storm

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Vermont farmers are urged to report losses from Tropical Storm Irene but officials won't know the extent of the impact for some time while the state is still responding to the massive flood damage.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says the heavy rains accompanied by high winds are leaving farmers with flooded fields and barns, debris, and limited options for milk pick-ups.

Vermont agriculture officials warned farmers to harvest what they could and make sure livestock had enough feed and water before the remnants of Hurricane Irene hit the state. But officials say no one expected the storm to be as bad as it was.

Agency of Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says state and federal officials need to hear from farmers to determine what kind of help might be available.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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