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Help coming for Upstate NY vineyards

Geneva, N.Y. - Upstate New York's vintners are bracing for damages from recent sub-zero temperatures.

Monday, Feb. 17, Senator Chuck Schumer will be in Geneva asking the Department of Agriculture to be ready to help upstate vineyards when spring comes.

Assessment of damages to the vineyards is just beginning as the vintners examine the present state of the budsthe ones that are still there--on the vines.

They won't be able to measure the full extent of the damage until the spring; that's when they will need quick assistance from the USDA.

Schumer plans to urge the USDA to prepare relief through the "Tree Assistance Program" in the farm bill, and consider possible declaration of disaster for those with severe damages to their buds.

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Washington Times