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Relief for fruit farmers

WAYNE COUNTY, N.Y. -   After losing half of their crops two years ago, fruit farmers in Wayne County can now receive federal aid.

Cherry, peach and pear farmers took a great hit to their crops because of the damaging spring freeze of 2012.

Senator Chuck Schumer was at Van Acker Farms Friday to tell farmers about a plan that will help them.

The plan is part of the farm bill. Farmers can receive up to 65 percent of the amount of crops that were lost due to the thaw-freeze.

Senator Schumer said he pushed for this program after his visit to the farm in Williamson two years ago, when farmers and their families were pleading for help.

"That provision started right here when I came and visited this farm," said Senator Schumer. "They'll get up to 65 percent of the value of the crops they lost."

Federal aid through the program is set to kick in late this fall, a timeline Schumer called far too late. He hopes the Department of Agriculture will take on his request and instead start funding this spring.

 
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