Farmers Urged To Track Damage Caused by Heavy Winds

WATERBURY, Vt. - The high winds overnight have hit many Vermont farms and farmers. Approximately 1 out of 3 Vermonters is without power due to the high winds. A second round of high winds ranging from 40 to 45 MPH is expected to affect Windsor and Windham Counties around 11 AM and winding down around 4 PM.

Damage to high tunnels and greenhouses are reported. The Agency of Agriculture is urging farmers to document any losses from the recent storm. It’s helpful to take pictures and keep detailed records. This information could be valuable for farmers, state and federal officials as they calculate the economic impact of this severe wind storm.

Potential issues for Vermont Agriculture will likely be:

  1. Pet sheltering for evacuated owners
  2. Inability for farmers to milk cattle if they do not have generators
  3. Inability for co-op trucks to get to farms to pick up milk
  4. Wind damage to greenhouses and hoop houses

If you have specific questions or want to report damage, please call the Agency at 802-828-2430 or email AGR.Helpdesk@vermont.gov.