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