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Flooding & Storm Recovery: Next Steps For Farmers

July 11, 2024

Please contact us if you have any flood related questions, concerns, or want to talk about your situation.  

Email - agr.floodresponse@vermont.gov  | Phone - 802-828-2430


What farmers affected by flooding should do now: 

  1. Document damage to your farm from flooding and severe storms that began July 10, 2024 to the best of your ability. Farms and impacted businesses are encouraged to prepare for future program requirements by capturing date stamped photos, estimated crop loss, and infrastructure damage.
  2. Report damage, including any damage to your home, on the Vermont 211 website or call 2-1-1. Note that there are different forms to complete for “personal” and for “business” damage. Reporting damage to 211 will help determine whether a certain county is eligible for federal FEMA resources. 
  3. Contact your countyUSDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Service Center to determine which federal agricultural disaster programs you may qualify for and submit relevant documentation. Reporting agricultural damages and losses to FSA supports a USDA secretarial disaster designation for affected areas of Vermont that can result in additional federal programs for agriculture. Some crop and livestock programs are available immediately.Support for self-assessment of program availability can also be found here: https://www.farmers.gov/protection-recovery/disaster-tool.  
  4. Prepare to share information about your losses and damages in the Vermont Agency of Agriculture 2024 Flooding Loss & Damage Survey. Within the next week, an electronic 2024 Flooding Loss & Damage  Survey will be available for agriculture and food businesses to report their losses during this recent flooding and severe weather event. Responses will help policymakers and state leaders understand the extent and location of impacts across Vermont and support efforts to identify additional emergency relief funding. While there is no guarantee of additional federal or state funding, impact data will help demonstrate the magnitude of need within our agricultural community.

Additional steps that may be helpful and relevant to you and your business:

  1. Contact your insurance company with potential crop loss, anticipated yield reductions, or infrastructure damages. They may send an adjuster to document any claims. Private insurance may be the primary mechanism to recover financial losses due to flooding.
  1. Contact your lenders to request a waiver on loan payments during this emergency period. 
  1. Connect with a trusted service provider to discuss your business or production concerns. If you are looking for a farm viability advisor, contact the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, and if you are seeking technical assistance contact your local conservation districts or UVM Extension
  2. Reach out to Farm First for free access to a counselor. While your immediate needs are in the fields, if you need to access a counselor, please reach out to the Farm First team in any of the following ways.
  • During daytime working hours (8am-4:30pm M-F) call: 802-318-5538
  • Outside of daytime work hours call: 877-493-6216 (use this if daytime # is busy)
  • Or fill out Farm First support inquiry form.