Farmers grappling with Hurricane Irene even a year later

Farmers grappling with Hurricane Irene even a year later

By LISA RATHKE and GEORGE M. WALSH The Associated Press
Published Aug 24, 2012 11:54AM MDT
Waitsfield, Vt. • A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring followed by cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture paid farmers $78.6 million for insurance claims covering about 225,000 acres of Irene-damaged farmland in nine ...
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