The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Vermont a natural disaster area due to the July flooding, making farmers eligible for emergency federal loans. This is the second USDA disaster declaration for Vermont this summer, with the first being for the May frost. Farmers have reported over $16 million in damage and losses from the flooding. The designation allows farms affected by the flooding to apply for Emergency Loans from the Farm Service Agency within eight months of the declaration. Governor Phil Scott stated that this designation provides a lifeline for the farming community.
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