Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

June 16, 2008

Media Advisory - Commissioner to Observe Hail Damage in Wayne County

Wednesday, June 18 at 3:30 pm at Van De Walle Farm in Alton

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will tour Van de Walle Farms in Alton tomorrow to observe damage to agricultural crops from a hail storm that hit much of New York State yesterday. Farmers from Niagara County to the Hudson Valley are reporting significant damage to crops including apples, fresh vegetables, grapes, corn and others. Yesterday’s hail storm is considered to be one of New York’s worst in recent years.

All media are welcome to attend.

WHO: New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker

New York Apple Growers President Jim Allen

Wayne County Farm Bureau President Colonel Phil Wagner

WHAT: Severe Hail Damage to Agricultural Crops in Wayne County

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm

WHERE: Van de Walle Farm, 5930 Shaker Road, Alton, New York

Local Contact: Mark James with NYFB 585-738-0242

For more information, please contact Jessica Chittenden with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-457-3136 (office) or 518-527-3949 (cell).

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