Governor Lamont Submits Disaster Fund Request To Help CT Farmers
We're just really feeling the effects that Hurricane Elsa did to Connecticut when it brushed us back on the weekend after the 4th of July 2021. I wrote an article last week about the pickle that my beloved Frankie's Family Restaurants were in, they had to put up a social media post informing us, the hungry public, that they were out of fried clam strips, and they didn't know when they were going to be getting more in stock.
This was due to the beating that Rhode island, Eastern Mass and Cape Cod had taken during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa's pass through the area. Commercial fisherman had to sit it out, and then all the heavy rainfall caused some closures due to bacterial runoff.
According to a statement from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, When Hurricane Elsa passed over Connecticut, we received around 40 MPH winds, and dropped anywhere from 1.5 to 5 inches of rain. Because of this, damages and crop loss to Connecticut Farms has broached the 30% loss trigger for a Federal Disaster Declaration, which Lamont has just submitted for approval yesterday, August 5, 2021.
This comes after Governor Lamont directed senior members of Connecticut's Agricultural Commission to to tour facilities and farms across Connecticut, and saw the damages themselves. If approved, the Governor's request will make farmers across Connecticut eligible to receive federal disaster relief funds to cover losses that the farmers have endure due to Elsa.
With the assistance on the way from Farm Aid 2021, which will take place September 25, 2021, at Hartford's Xfinity Theater, the national spotlight will be on Connecticut farms and their farmers over the next month. Buy local products and help out also.