June 30, 2013

Farm Briefs: June 30, 2013



FSA accepting emergency loan applications

PLATTSBURGH — Clinton and Essex counties have been declared eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) disaster emergency loan assistance for damages and losses caused by severe storms and flooding that occurred from May 22 through May 26.

Family farmers who have suffered at least 30 percent loss of their production due to severe storms and flooding may be eligible. Proceeds from crop insurance and any FSA programs are taken into account when determining eligibility for production losses.

Losses must be supported with documented records.

Under FSA programs, farmer may be eligible for production loss loans of up to 100 percent of their actual losses or the operating loan amount needed to continue in business or a maximum principal balance outstanding of $500,000, whichever is less. Farmers must be unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders. The interest rate on emergency loans is 1.375 percent.

Application for loans will be accepted through Feb. 13, 2014. Phone 692-9940, Ext. 2, for more information.


Horse owners encouraged to vaccinate animals

ALBANY — State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah and State Gaming Commission Acting Director Robert Williams are urging horse owners across New York State to vaccinate their horses against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). In 2012, two cases of EEE were reported in horses in New York State, as well as seven WNV cases. No confirmed cases of either disease have been reported thus far in 2013.

“Every year in New York, cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus pop up in horses across the state — diseases which are largely preventable,” Aubertine said. “Good prevention programs are a key component to any animal health plan, and I encourage horse owners across New York to take the necessary precautions and vaccinate their horses against these diseases today.”

While it is preferable to vaccinate horses against these diseases in the spring before the mosquitoes that transmit them are active, early summer is not too late, since New York often has mosquito activity into the month of November. Vaccines for EEE and WNV can be effective for six to 12 months, and horses should be re-vaccinated at least annually.

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