Hurricane relief assistance for farm families in the northeast US

Families in select areas with crop losses exceeding $10,000 encouraged to apply for relief

Cobank and Farm Credit East partnered with United Way to help farm families affected by the hurricanes, Irene and Lee. Families with $10,000 of crop losses/damage in designated disaster counties in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire are eligible for assistance.

This assistance is intended to show “farm community concern” during the holidays for the farm families hurt by the hurricanes, not for businesses or large structure repair.

Farm Credit East and CoBank will each donate $100,000 to this effort and Farm Credit East employees are also making contributions. Yankee Farm Credit will be contributing for the New York and New Hampshire counties that it serves and United Way of the Greater Capital Region also made a contribution. Farm families will receive up to $500 per family.

Those interested in donating may do so by sending a check to: United Way GCR – 2011 Farm Assistance, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, P.O. Box 13865, Albany, NY 12212. Contributions can be made online through the United Way

Families in need of assistance should return the completed application to the address listed at the bottom of the form, or may apply online at www.farmcrediteast.com before November 26. The United Way hopes to distribute assistance to families by mid-December.