01 Sep '11, 7pm

Irene’s damage not ‘overrated’ for farmers

Irene’s damage not ‘overrated’ for farmers

A flooded Vermont corn field. Photo: putneypics With flood waters receding and the Irene clean-up well underway, now's the time to check in on how farmers fared in the face of this monster storm. The answer is: pretty bad. But it could have been even worse. The produce trade paper The Packer spoke to agriculture officials in various states . According to New Jersey's assistant secretary of agriculture, damage was "sporadic," but will likely still cause some supply problems. Some newly planted crops were washed away and flood waters caused damage to crops on the vine, but there will still be enough time in the season to replant most crops, so severe shortages shouldn't occur. Farther south, the damage was more severe. And yet, as one Virginia farmer said, "it wasn't as bad as it could have been." The storm made its initial landfall on North Carolina; farmers there were hard...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/sustainable-farming/2011-09-01-irene...

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