Along with state and local governments, the New York Farm Bureau is helping farmers determine damage to crops and dairy herds.  Governor Cuomo stated many fields are underwater while an undetermined number of dairy cows drowned or were swept away in flood waters.  Officials are reaching out to farmers to assess the damage for reimbursement from either insurance or possibly federal disaster funds.

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Governor Cuomo flew by helicopter Monday to tour areas flooded during Tropical Storm Irene.  Accompanied the Governor, was the regional administrator from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Upon arriving in the town of Fulton, Cuomo stated,

"I wanted to have FEMA see this firsthand, because we're going to need federal assistance.  For both the private economois loss -- farms, businesses, etc. -- as well as the economic loss to the state -- the roads, the bridges." 

For more information on assistance, go to NYFB.org

If farmers have questions or concerns they are encouraged to contact their county emergency management office, or the NYFB state office at 518-436-8495.