The high winds overnight have affected many Vermont farms and farmers. Approximately 1 out of 3 Vermonters is without power due to the high winds. A second round of high winds ranging from 40 to 45 MPH is expected to affect Windsor and Windham Counties around 11 A.M. and winding down around 4 P.M.
Damage to high tunnels and greenhouses have been reported. The Agency of Agriculture is urging farmers to document any losses from the recent storm. It's helpful to take pictures and keep detailed records. This information could be valuable for farmers, state and federal officials as they calculate the economic impact of the storm.
Potential issues for Vermont Agriculture will likely be:
* Pet sheltering for evacuated owners
* Inability for farmers to milk animals if they do not have generators
* Inability for co-op trucks to get to farms to pick up milk
* Wind damage to greenhouses and hoop houses
If you have specific questions or want to report damage, please call the Agency at 802-828-2430 or email AGR.Helpdesk@vermont.gov.
Media Contact: Trevor Audet, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, 802-522-4725, firstname.lastname@example.org