Governor Lamont seeks federal agricultural disaster declaration

Connecticut hopes for disaster relief after severe mid-May frost

According to the state Department of Agriculture, frost and sub-freezing temperatures on May 18 destroyed millions of dollars in crops in Connecticut. The frost primarily affected fruits, including apples, strawberries, blueberries and peaches, according to state officials.

Governor Ned Lamont is seeking a federal agricultural disaster declaration for all eight counties in Connecticut.  If the state’s request is approved, Connecticut farmers would be able to apply for emergency funding and loans to mitigate the financial impact of the frost. In order for the requests to be approved, the state and farmers must demonstrate that over 30% of a given crop in a given county was destroyed.


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