Central Pennsylvania farmers can apply for crop-damage loans
Posted: July 2, 2012
Farmers in Dauphin and Lebanon counties are among those who qualify for the aid. according to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa.
Many farmers’ crops were destroyed from a weather double whammy — unseasonably warm temperatures in March followed by below-freezing conditions.
The crops most affected in the state were apples, cherries, peaches and grapes, said Mark O’ Neill, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in Camp Hill.
“It will be up to the individual farmer to decide whether to apply for a loan. Meanwhile, some farmers who suffered losses may be able to recover part of their losses, depending upon the provisions of their crop insurance policy,” he said.
Farmers have eight months to apply for help, said Ian Jannetta, a Casey spokesman.