HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sens. Joe Lieberman and Richard
Blumenthal are trying to add shellfish to the list of damaged crops
that would be eligible for federal disaster relief.

The senators this week introduced the Shellfish Equity Act,
making shellfish farmers eligible for two U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s disaster relief programs.

Blumenthal says Connecticut’s shellfish industry, which boasts
300 jobs, suffered severe damage when the remnants of Hurricane
Storm Irene hit the state last month.

He said the bill he introduced with Lieberman would put those
shellfish farmers on par with other agricultural producers and
ensure they have the same access to emergency assistance.

One of the federal programs helps farmers whose crops are not
eligible for traditional crop insurance. The other covers losses to
livestock, honeybees or farm-raised aquaculture following natural

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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