posted on May 15, 2012 14:54
The State Assembly is petitioning Governor Cuomo for disaster relief funds for local farms.
Lawmakers are asking the Governor to declare Western New York as a disaster area, so that relief funding already set aside by the state can be released to farmers whose crops were destroyed by the recent unexpected weather.
Assemblyman Steve Hawley said due to the early warmth followed by an extended frost many fruit crops in area have been damaged.
"Agriculture is the number one industry in the State of New York and in our area of Western New York it's the hub of activity and the hub of our economy and when farmers have whether related issues such as the freezing on their crops, especially up along the lake it can be devestating the impact, not only to their operations, but subsequently ofcourse on people that work on the farms," said Hawley.
Hawley said whether related issues also cause a shortage in supply and can increase the price of produce. He said having a relief fund could help farmers with their stock in turn keep those costs down.