PoliticalNews.me - Jul 22,2014 - SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, AFTER HIS PUSH, FARMERS NOW ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR RETROACTIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE PAYMENTS FROM USDA – SENATOR ENCOURAGES FARMERS HURT BY 2012 FROST TO APPLY FOR DISTATER RECOVERY FUNDS
Schumer Secured Disaster Funding as Part of Farm Bill for Upstate NY’s Cherry, Peach, Pear Farmers Who Took Devastating Hit To Crop Yields & Bottom Line During Extreme 2012 Spring Freeze – Also Urged USDA to Implement Assistance ASAP
Now, After Schumer Push, USDA Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Funds Are Now Available Retroactively For Farmers in 51 Counties; Will Allow Farmers With Tree, Bush, Fruit Damage From 2012 Frost To Receive Aid They Desperately Need
Schumer: Retroactive Disaster Funds Will Lift Farmers Who Are Still Recovering from Devastating 2012 Frost
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that, after his push to provide relief to Upstate New York farmers who suffered a devastating hit to their crop yields and bottom lines after the extreme 2012 spring freeze, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved and is ready to accept applications for its Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that signup for this assistance for losses to bush and tree fruit crops due to frost and freeze during the 2012 crop year will begin tomorrow, July 22, 2014. The program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill that Schumer voted to pass, provides supplemental retroactive NAP payments to eligible producers. The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), which helps farmers recover from loss of income due to weather-related or other disasters, will be able to provide growers with much needed assistance. Schumer said that he fought for NAP to be both strengthened and include retroactive assistance as part of the recently passed Farm Bill. He also pushed the Secretary of Agriculture to make these payments available as quickly as possible after the passage of the farm bill. The provision allows farmers to purchase NAP insurance now to cover farmers’ losses retroactively, which frees up millions of dollars in federal disaster relief money for farmers in Upstate New York who lost, depending on their coverage level, 35% to 50% their expected yield from tree and bush fruit crops in 2012. Schumer encouraged all eligible farmers to apply.
“The unprecedented spring freeze in 2012 caused tree and bush fruit farmers all over Upstate New York to experience devastating losses to crop yields and their bottom lines,” said Schumer. “When this kind of weather disaster happens, it should be up to the federal government to lend a hand to the local farmers that need assistance. That is why I fought for the NAP provision in the 2014 Farm Bill to include retroactive disaster refunds for cherry, peach and pear farmers who were so badly hit, and why I pushed to have this program get off the ground as quickly as possible. I am pleased to announce that bushels of relief are now on the way for Upstate farmers and I am encouraging all of those who