FSA Program Available for Damage to Sugar Bushes due to Recent Ice Storm in Vermont

Colchester, VT, December 27, 2013 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Vermont State Executive Director, Bob Paquin encourages maple producers in Vermont who sustained damage from the recent ice storm to contact their county USDA office whether or not they have participated in USDA programs in the past and whether or not they carry crop insurance. FSA’s Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) may be available to help compensate them for losses.

USDA offers programs to help farmers and ranchers recover from damages caused by natural disasters. “It is important to document the damage as a direct result of the ice,” said Paquin.

"We encourage all who have suffered losses due to the recent ice storm to visit with their local FSA county office staff to determine whether they are eligible for assistance," added Paquin. Please contact one of the following offices in your area:

Brattleboro: 802-254-9766         Newport: 802-334-6090           St. Johnsbury: 802-748-2641
Middlebury: 802-388-6748         Rutland: 802-775-8969             Williston: 802-865-7895
Morrisville: 802-888-4935          St. Albans: 802-527-1296         White River Jct.: 802-295-7942