Disaster Areas Declared For East Coast States Due To Spring Freeze, Drought

Disaster Areas Declared For East Coast States Due To Spring Freeze, Drought

USDA designated counties in New Jersey as primary natural disaster areas due to excessive heat and freezing temperatures from April 1 through Sept. 19.

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They are: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, and Union Counties.

Growers in Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, and Warren counties in New Jersey also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Growers in Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware, Richmond County in New York and Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties Pennsylvania also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

USDA also designated Albany, Onondaga, Orleans, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schuyler, Schenectady, Schoharie, Seneca, and Washington counties in New York as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of a hard freeze and unseasonably warm temperatures that occurred from Feb. 10 through April 27. This comes after disaster declaration due to drought conditions in New York.

Growers in Cayuga, Chemung, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Ontario, Oswego, Ostego, Steuben, Thompkins, Warren, Wayne, and Yates counties in New York also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their county is contiguous.

In addition, Growers in Berkshire County in Massachusetts and Addison, Bennington, and Rutland counties in Vermont qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

USDA designated Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, and Elk counties in Pennsylvania as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought as well.

Growers in Belknap, Coos, Grafton, and Stafford counties in New Hampshire also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

Maine growers in Oxford and York counties qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

USDA has also designated Androscoggin, Kennebec, Lincoln, Oxford, and Sagadahoc counties in Maine as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought.

Growers in Cumberland, Franklin, Knox, Somerset, Waldo, and York counties in Maine also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

New Hampshire growers in Carroll and Coos counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.

The USDA also designated Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland counties in Connecticut as well as Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worchester counties in Massachusetts and Belknap County in New Hampshire as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.

Growers in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties in Connecticut and Berkshire, Hampden, and Worcester counties in Massachusetts and Dutchess County in New York  also qualify for natural disaster assistance for drought conditions because their counties are contiguous.

The USDA declared Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, and Windham counties in Connecticut as primary natural disaster areas due to a freeze from Feb. 12-15. Growers eligible for natural disaster assistance from the February freeze in Berkshire, Hampden and Worcester Counties in Massachusetts as well as Dutchess, Nassau, Putnam, Suffolk, and Worchester counties in New York and Kent, Providence and Washington counties in Rhode Island because those counties are contiguous.