Vermont dairy farmers to get disaster aid for floods

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Vermont dairy farmers hurt by flooding last spring will be getting disaster assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Senator Patrick Leahy says he’s helped clear up red tape that kept affected farmers from sharing $5 million in disaster aide appropriated by Congress.

The USDA rules were originally written to only include losses incurred last year.

But many of the farmers had to buy feed crops in the current calendar year to replace last year’s losses.

Spring floods last year wiped out many feed crops after they were planted.

Leahy says he’s glad common sense prevailed.

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