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Vermont's ag agency is working with the private sector to raise money for flood-impacted farmers

 A farm field is flooded with river water
Abagael Giles
Vermont Public
Flooding on a farm field at the Intervale in Burlington, July 11, 2023. Vermont Agency of Agriculture is partnering with the private sector to raise money for farms dealing with crop loss, damaged equipment and more after the July floods.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) — in collaboration with private organizations — has launched a campaign to help Vermont farms recover from damage caused by recent severe weather and flooding.

The Dig Deep Vermont campaign was launched in January.

Scott Waterman is with VAAFM. He says the fundraising group — led by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters (VAB), Ski Vermont and the Association of Vermont Credit Unions — is looking to fill the gap left by state funding for farm recovery.

Donate or request assistance through Dig Deep Vermont

“The agriculture community was supported by the BEGAP program by the state," Waterman says, referring to Vermont's Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program, which provided $20 million to businesses across the state. "But what we found in looking at the [agriculture] applications is that needs were not fulfilled, and our surveys, we found a need somewhere around $50 million.”

The agriculture agency says over 350 farms are in need.

In a press release this month, the agency says the goal is to raise and additional $20 million, with the need being "far greater" following crop loss, a livestock feed crisis, damage to farm equipment and layoffs.

Waterman says every donation goes to farmers.

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Corrected: January 31, 2024 at 2:37 PM EST
Following publication of this story, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets revised its statement regarding where donations will go, and the story has been updated to reflect that. The story has also been updated to clarify that Vermont's Business Emergency Gap Assistance Program paid $20 million total to businesses across sectors, not just agriculture, as originally stated in a quote.
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