Source: Farm Credit East
Farm Credit East in concert with United Way is coordinating an effort to help farm families hurt by Irene and Lee with personal donations (up to $500) to make their holiday season a little brighter.
This support is for any farm family suffered at least $10,000 in crop losses and damage as a result of the Irene and Lee disasters in designated disaster counties in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. This is not limited to Farm Credit customers.
Farm Credit East and CoBank have both agreed to put $100,000 to this effort, for a total of $200,000 to start. Farm Credit East employees are also making contributions and Yankee Farm Credit will be contributing (for the New York and New Hampshire counties that Yankee serves). United Way of the Greater Capital Region has also made a contribution. The actual amount of the grants to farm families will depend on the number of applications and the amount of total funds raised (up to $500 per farm family).
This assistance is not intended to cover business losses or make major repairs to homes and farm structures – it is intended to show "farm community concern" for the farm families hurt by Irene and Lee with the hope that their holiday can be a little nicer knowing that other folks care.
The deadline is November 26 in order that checks can be received by farm families in mid-December.