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State Announces $4.9-million In Farm Recovery Funds

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(Ray Dunaway/WTIC Photo)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut farms across the state that experienced weather damage over the summer are sharing $4.9 million in emergency state assistance.

The Department of Agriculture, with help from the Department of Economic and Community Development and the nonprofit Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, has approved 239 grants through the Production Los sAssistance Needed Today program.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday he visited several Connecticut farms that were underwater due to flooding.

He said the farmers worked 16-to-18-hour days trying to pump their fields dry before they were fully engulfed by flood waters. He said many of the farms — family-owned small businesses — were not protected under federal crop insurance programs.

Costs ranging from replanting of lost crops to repairing damaged equipment and property will be covered by the state grants.

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