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Farm Credit Provides Donations for farm families hurt by Hurricanes Irene and Lee PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

Farm Credit East, CoBank, Yankee Farm Credit and United Way will provide donations of up to $500 to assist farm families hurt by Hurricanes Irene and Lee during the holiday season. Applications can be submitted until November 26 online or at a Farm Credit office. To be eligible a farm must have had $10,000 in damage or crop losses.

CISA Emergency Farm Fund PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Korman   

This week, CISA and partners launched the CISA Emergency Farm Fund, a revolving loan fund designed to help farmers recover from Hurricane Irene. The Fund will offer quick, zero-interest loans to assist farmers and farm businesses in the aftermath of the storm and flooding. Thanks to an anonymous donor who has put up a $50K match, CISA hopes to raise at least $100K for the fund, which will help farmers now and in the future.

CISA’s partners, Whole Foods Market, Equity Trust, and the anonymous donor, have made the launch of the Emergency Farm Fund possible. But a much wider circle of community support was also critical to our efforts. In the days following Hurricane Irene, a wide variety of people called the CISA office, asking how they could help farmers whose crops or land was damaged by the storm. Callers volunteered to help with clean-up or spread the word for impacted farmers. Several people suggested that a revolving loan fund could help farmers survive this and future emergencies.

learn more about this fund and how you can help
Rebuild Springfield PDF Print E-mail
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Springfield Residents Urged to Show up and Be Heard at Neighborhood and Citywide Meetings

Rebuild Springfield Planning Meetings begin week of October 11
Springfield, Mass., October 6, 2011-Rebuild Springfield, an initiative of DevelopSpringfield and the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, kicks into high gear with the first series of three neighborhood meetings during the week of October 10th, followed by a citywide meeting on Saturday morning, October 15th. Residents and stakeholders are asked to help create a vision for Springfield that will ultimately help form the master plan for both the tornado-impacted and related areas of the City of Springfield.

Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund established PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

Severe weather this summer brought devastation to many Massachusetts farms. Making a bad situation worse, hundred year flooding from Tropical Storm Irene washed away farmlands, farms, livelihoods, families, and in some cases large chunks of rural communities. Coping with a tragedy of this magnitude demands a full court press. The Commonwealth’s agricultural community has reacted swiftly to this tragedy and established the Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund, a charitable initiative formed under Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) to mitigate suffering and to improve farm lives and communities.

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Farming in the Valley Post-Irene; Update from CISA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Phil Korman   

more about our current post-hurricane state
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