Jessica A. Chittenden|
June 18, 2008
Media Advisory - Commissioner to Observe Hail Damage in Genesee County
Thursday, June 19 at 1:00 pm at Cabbage Field in Elba
New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker will tour a devastated cabbage field in Elba tomorrow to observe damage to agricultural crops from a hail storm that hit much of New York State on Monday. Farmers from Niagara County to the Hudson Valley are reporting significant damage to crops including apples, fresh vegetables, grapes, corn and others. Monday’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 Farm Bureau President John Lincoln
New York Apple Growers President Jim Allen
Local Affected Farmers including Mike Riner and Maureen Torrey
WHAT: Severe Hail Damage to Agricultural Crops in Genesee County
WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm
WHERE: Cabbage Field owned by CY Farms on Watson Road in Elba
Directions to the field: Take Route 98 North. Turn right onto Oak Orchard Road. Turn right onto Watson Road. The cabbage field will be ¾ mile on the right, just past a horse barn.
Local Contact: Mike Riner, CY Farms 585-370-5062
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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