USA - After 'extensive' frost damage, Vermont farmers asked to tally crop losses

24.05.2023 60 views

The Agency of Agriculture is reaching out to farmers after a hard frost last week did extensive damage to crops across the state.

Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts says farmers should keep track of their losses so they can apply for federal aid.

“Currently there are no state programs that fit this right now,” Tebbetts said. “So getting those losses compiled both in Vermont and our neighboring states, and bringing that to our federal officials may help us.”

Montpelier had a record low of 25 degrees early Thursday, while Burlington tied its record low of 28 degrees.

Tebbetts said most of the Northeast had similar conditions, and with so much crop loss he said there could be federal help as other states assess the damage as well.

“This was a regional event. This was not just Vermont,” Tebbetts said. “This was New York. This was Connecticut. This was New Hampshire. This was Maine. This was Pennsylvania. It was a widespread event, so I suspect other states will be talking with their delegation, and also with USDA, about a significant loss across the region.”

Tebbetts visited Shelburne Vineyard in Shelburne, where he says the tender grape vines got hit especially hard.

“We know and can see that we have significant damage to the vines now, but what we don’t know is whether there’s damage we can’t see to the vines that would help us recover next year if they aren’t affected,” said Ethan Joseph, head of vineyard and winery operations at Shelburne Vineyard. “It’s a real concern and we know other farmers are facing similar questions.”

The cold weather lasted for a few hours in some of the hardest hit regions of Vermont, and Terence Bradshaw, associate professor at the UVM Extension Fruit Program, said fruit growers and vegetable farmers all over the state had significant losses due to the cold weather.

“In my 25 years of working with fruit crops in Vermont, I have never seen frost or freeze damage this extensive,” Bradshaw said in a press release the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets sent out Tuesday. “We expect a difficult season for growers and appreciate the continued support that our community provides to these vital operations that are so important to the Vermont agriculture community.”

At Green Mountain Orchards in Putney the Darrow family called the damage “catastrophic,” on the orchard’s Facebook page. They expect very few apples this year, though they are holding out hope that some of the blueberry crop will survive.

Joseph at Shelburne Vineyard said the cold weather affected the vines, but it will be some time before they know how serious the frost damage is to the interior of the plants.

“This was a rough week for Vermont vineyards,” said Kendra Knapik, president of the Vermont Grape and Wine Council. “We will need to wait and see how this event will impact the industry statewide, but with so many farmers being affected it’s likely to have deleterious economic ramifications for many of these small businesses."

Source -


Canada - Province offers $2,500 to farmers affected by wildfires as they assess losses

Financial assistance will soon be available for Nova Scotia farmers who were affected by the wildfires. The province is providing a one-time emergency grant of $2,500 to farmers located in the mandatory evacuation zones in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.


USA - Lack of rain across the Commonwealth hampering corn growth, stressing pasture for livestock

Most of Kentucky has not received decent rain in more than two weeks. The lack of moisture is putting a strain on the state’s farmers. University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists are concerned that corn and cattle could most feel the effects. 


India - Jammu and Kashmir cherry farmers suffer huge losses as hailstorms affect 60% of crops

Last month’s inclement weather and hailstorms played havoc in J&K. President of North Kashmir Fruit Growers Association Fayaz Ahmad Malik stated: “[The] Cherry crop has witnessed large-scale damage due to the hailstorms.


USA - Vermont leaders pursue federal disaster aid after orchardists face ‘heartbreaking’ losses in May freeze

Strolling through rows of his trees on a gray, rainy day in June, Greg Burtt couldn’t help but smile when he pictured a typical autumn day at his apple orchard in Cabot. In his picture-perfect imagination, he envisioned a sunny day.


Ukraine - Risk of losing millions of tons of crops after dam collapse

Ukraine could lose several million tons of crops because of flooding caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in the south of the country, the Ukrainian agriculture ministry said on Thursday.


India - Palaniswami demands adequate compensation for crop loss in TN

AIADMK General Secretary and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami has demanded the state government to provide adequate compensation to the farmers who have suffered crop loss due to summer rains.


Spain - Avocado production in Huelva down by massive 70 percent

The avocado sector in the Spanish province of Huelva, which is home to about 1,800 hectares of crops, has suffered a strong setback due to the drought. Local media reports that some producers have already decided to abandon their farms after a massive 70% drop in the production.


Very tight orange market in Europe expected

“It’s looking ten times better than last year,” says Snyman Kritzinger, managing director of Grown4U in Kirkwood, and the winter has quickly turned cold, boosting colour development, while high rainfall has helped acids and residue levels to drop.  

istanbul escort şişli escort tbilisi escort şişli escort şişli escort maslak escort istanbul escort beşiktaş escort taksim escort izmir escort ümraniye escort mecidiyeköy escort şişli escort taksim escort ümraniye escort kartal escort şirinevler escort maltepe escort istanbul escort ümraniye escort kadıköy escort vip escort mersin escort istanbul escorts ataköy escort avcılar escort beylikdüzü escort okmeydanı escort şişli escort tuzla escort işitme cihazı sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop sex shop