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Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Issue Date: November 7, 2012

Rural areas along the Eastern Seaboard appear to have weathered Hurricane Sandy without widespread agricultural losses, whereas the impact to families in many suburban and urban areas has been devastating.

The California Farm Bureau Federation and Farm Bureaus in affected states encouraged donations to the American Red Cross; for information, see or call 1-800-REDCROSS. In addition, a specific relief fund for New Jersey has been established at

Reports from farms and ranches in the storm's path have described less destruction than in residential and urban areas.

The New Jersey Farm Bureau estimated 80 percent of the state's crops were already harvested when the storm hit. The president of the New York Apple Association said growers saw a loss of fruit due to wind, but most had already completed harvesting. The biggest challenge for apple growers is a delay in the planting of new trees because of oversaturated soil.

In Pennsylvania, farmers had sufficient warning of the storm's approach to prepare generators, stockpile water and feed for livestock, and rush to harvest crops early. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation said farmers reported only minor crop damage.

Widespread power outages and transportation disruptions tested agricultural businesses throughout the region.

Permission for use is granted, however, credit must be made to the California Farm Bureau Federation when reprinting this item.

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