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farmermeetingFarmer Flood, Forage & Feed Meeting
Wednesday, September 14

1:00 pm at Grand Gorge Civic Center (formerly the school) State Route 30, Grand Gorge

7:30 pm at Delhi Fire Hall
140 Delview Terrace Extension, Delhi


This multi-agency meeting targets the needs of farmers affected by the recent flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Staff from the Watershed Agricultural Council, CCE Delaware County (CCE-DC), Delaware County Soil & Water, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the financial and technical assistance available to landowners.

Among the items to be covered:
-- Qualifying for immediate assistance programs such as NYS Agricultural and Community Recovery Fund
-- Applying for USDA FSA crop insurance claims
-- Completing the Emergency Forage Assessment form
-- Planning Feed Needs for your farm
-- Lining up emergency forage
-- Exploring other resources, troubleshooting and making site visit appointments.

These multi-agency meetings are free and open to the public, but will focus on the needs of local farmers and how federal, state, regional and local agencies and partners can provide technical and financial assistance. Call (607) 865-6531 for more information or to make accommodations for special needs.

Impacts of the Flood

Visible structural damage, road closures and pasture invasion are the obvious aftermath. But how flooding impacts a farm's operations, cash flow and long-term feed needs also demands immediate attention. CCE-DC estimates over $1-million in crop loss (see below). That means hay, silage and baleage too -- the primary foodstuffs of livestock -- is in tight supply for farms wintering livestock: dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep, goats and others. You can help in two ways:

1) CCE-DC is collecting information about forage available in the area. Many farms lost significant amounts of hay and feed and will need to find additional sources for feeding their animals this winter. These farmers will need to connect with farms with surplus forage, or who have late cuttings of hay that could be harvested. Farms with forage resources who are willing to sell surplus should submit the Emergency Forage Assessment form. CCE will compile a list of local forage sources for farmers in need that will be posted to the WAC and CCE-DC websites.

2) USDA FSA is asking farmers to report their crop losses, regardless if they have crop insurance. Your numbers will be added in to figure the extent of crop damage and to help draw attention to the regional need for feed and financial assistance.


croplossDelaware County Preliminary Estimate for Flood Damage Crop Loss Summary compiled by CCE Delaware County

Field Crops:  1073.5 acres worth approximately $685,900
Other Crops:  93.2 acres worth approximately $220,200
Stored Feed:  46 tons worth approximately $9,200
Grand Total:  $915,300

as of 5:00 pm 9/2/2011

fundraisersRaising the Roof for Farmers in Need

As the waters rose, people asked, "What can I do?" Several got busy and scheduled fundraisers to benefit our neighbor farmers in their time of need. The Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund is the caring synergy of people, organizations and agencies, coming together to raise money for farmers impacted by two back-to-back floods. Serving as the clearing house for fundraising, the Watershed Agricultural Council provides fiscal support to those motivated by the disaster; we assist by funneling funds raised, to those farmers in need.


On Sunday, September 18, Sherman Hill Farmstead, Lucky Dog Organic Farm and the Council are Raising the Roof from 4:30p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hamden Inn, 35769 State Highway 10, Hamden. Admission is by donation, large or small. Local musicians and writers will provide entertainment. All proceeds, including the event's silent auction featuring local artwork and products, benefit farmers directly. If you'd like to donate an item to the silent auction, contact Morgan George of Sherman Hill Farmstead at (607) 829-6886.

On Sunday, September 25, the Council will be trading vintage Taste of the Catskills posters and premium Pure Catskills schwag for donations to the Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund at the New Amsterdam Market, Fulton Street Fish Market at South Street Seaport in downtown NYC from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


From October 1 through 10, participants inLark in the Park -- a celebration of the Catskills Park featuring biking and hiking events -- can donate through the Catskill Center.


On the weekend of October 8-9, join us at Taste of the Catskills at Maple Shade Farm in Delhi from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds from various activities will benefit the local fire department and riverside farmers.


All donations, big or small, go directly to Catskills farmers, to help them rebuild and recover from the 2011 water disaster. Can't make it to one of these fundraising event? Give online or mail your tax-deductible check to 33195 State Highway 10, Walton, NY 13856 (note in the memo line: Farmer Flood Relief).


Come Raise the Roof with us!

conferenceDon't Miss: 2011 Sustainability Conference

2011 Green Chimneys Sustainability Conference

Planet Green: Sustainable Education for the Next Generation
October 27 & 28, 2011
8:30am - 1:30pm

Register early as space is limited!
Hosted by Clearpool Education Center in Carmel, this conference is free, open to the public and sponsored by Green Chimneys, the Council, Clearwater, Swiss Re and others.

ofinterestOf Interest 
Kudos to These Participants in the News: 
Farm Stay Getaways Turning Vacations Into Hay-cations (Stony Creek Farm, Walton article & video)
Celebrity Chefs, Film Crew Focus on Local Flavor (Cowbella, Danforth Jersey Farm, Jefferson)
Hudson Valley Best Kept Secrets (Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights video)

September 10, 2011


Farmer Flood Feed Meeting


Sustainability Conference

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September 10 

Gary Mead Gallery Open House



September 14

Farmer Flood & Feed Meeting

Grand Gorge (1-3p)

Delhi  (7:30-9:30p)


September 15

Sheep & Goat Producer Group Road Trip & Farm Tour

Old Chatham


September 15

Lucky Dog Film Series: What's On Your Plate?



September 17

Deer & Habitat Field Day

Clearpool Education Center



September 18

Raise the Roof at the Hamden Inn: A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund



September 22

WAC Environmental Film Series:The Greenhorns



September 25

The Chefs' Taster: A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund

New Amsterdam Market, NYC


September 27

Invasives in the Hudson Valley



October 1

Advanced Logger Rescue



October 1-10

Lark in the Park:A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund

Various locations in Catskill Park


October 5

New Green City 2011

Union Square Plaza, NYC


October 6

Lucky Dog Film Series: Vanishing of the Bees



October 8-9

Taste of the Catskills: A Benefit for Catskills Farmer Flood Relief Fund at Maple Shade Farm



October 21

Harvest Moon Evening at Hilltop Hanover Farm

Yorktown Heights


October 21

Game of Logging: Level 1TBA


October 27-28

2011 Green Chimneys Sustainability Conference at Clearpool Education Center





We can provide a speaker to present on topics related to agriculture, forestry, conservation easements, water quality, farm to market, communications and the Council's community impact. To learn more, contact Tara Collins at (607) 865-7090, ext. 226.



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The Watershed Agricultural Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region. The WAC is funded by The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service and other federal, foundation and private sources. The WAC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.