Schumer Pressing For Aide to Help Orchards, Bee Keepers, Vineyards Due to Bitter Winter
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was in Central New York yesterday to push the U-S Department of Ag to provide rapid disaster aid to apple growers and beekeepers in the region who are expecting losses from this winter's extreme cold.
Schumer, appeared at Honey Hill Orchards in Chittenango, the owners there expect to lose thousands of dollars due to this winters bitter cold temperatures.
Schumer says, "New York is home to hundreds of farms, vineyards, and orchards, and this year there is widespread concern that the extraordinarily cold winter could dramatically reduce their crops and growers won't have the cash flow to replant."
The senator said he will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expedite agriculture disaster claims and to make sure direct reimbursements are sent to eligible growers with tree damage and to beekeepers with extensive losses.