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Blizzard Blamed For $1.8-million In Ag Building Damage In Connecticut

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File photo of snow on a farm. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

File photo of snow on a farm. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

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Federal officials estimate about $1.8-million worth of farm buildings were lost in Connecticut because of the blizzard.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky says more than 140 agricultural structures have been either damaged or destroyed by the weight of the snow.

“With so much snow in such a short period of time, even the most vigilant producer was not able to keep that snow clear from the roofs,” Reviczky said.  “The weight of the snow caused those structures to collapse.”

Most of the buildings were hoop houses.  They are structures made of metal hoops and sheets of plastic.  They are used to grow plants during late fall and early spring.

Some greenhouses and barns were also destroyed.

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STEPHEN SINGER
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Many Connecticut farmers are assessing damage to their businesses after greenhouses and hoop houses collapsed following the massive snow storm that struck New England last weekend.

Mark Sellew, owner of Prides Corner Farms in Lebanon, said Wednesday that 600 linear feet of greenhouse space collapsed. He operates 70 miles of greenhouses and said the damage to buildings and ornamental plants would have been worse had he not braced many greenhouses with two-by-fours.

The damage is particularly hard on farmers who already have coped with the recession and the weak economic recovery that followed. Much of the damage in Connecticut was to the state’s nursery and landscaping businesses, which account for more than $1 billion sales.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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