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Agriculture Disaster Declared - Frost Destroys
Grapes in North

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Evening Observer, Dunkirk, New York
29 Aug09 – “The United States Department of Agriculture has designated Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties as Ag-disaster areas after an unseasonal frost severely damaged vineyard crops in the Lake Erie Region in May.

“From May 16 through May 26, temperatures in the Lake Erie Region dropped to between 25 degrees F and 29 degrees F, affecting vineyards ranging from Erie County, Pennsylvania all the way to Niagara County, New York. Estimated crop loss to grape growers in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties ranged from 25 to 35%.

"The weather was unexpected and came late in the year. It caused millions of dollars in losses for area grape growers," said state Sen. Young.

The natural disaster designation applies to Broome, Chautauqua, Clinton, Erie and Ulster counties and the contiguous counties also eligible for assistance are Cattaraugus, Chenango, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Greene, Niagara, Orange, Sullivan, Tioga and Wyoming.

"This is a big win for the counties across New York state that were severely damaged during May's freezes and high winds," said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer in a news release.

"This is great news for Western New York," Senator Kristen Gillibrand said in a news release. "Western New York is known for its world-class vineyards, and the late freeze this spring was devastating to local farmers."

          I wonder if these Senators are worried about global warming.

See entire article:
http://www.observertoday.com/page/content.detail/id/528492.html?nav=5047
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