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  • Farmers Who Suffered Losses

    Farmers who suffered damage or loss of livestock, crops or buildings should call their local FSA office as soon as possible, as FSA is gathering information to submit to Washington ASAP. 

    For those farmers in the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and for those with crop insurance, please call either FSA or your insurance agent before plowing under your fields, as they need to assess your damage first-hand.

    Also the Freehold FSA office is currently out of service.  Please call the main NJ FSA office at 609-587-0104.

    Click here for Farm Service Agency's Press Release on disaster assistance deadlines.

    Click here for a roundup of FSA Disaster Assistance Programs applicable to Hurricane Irene.

    Click here to find your local FSA Office.

    Click here for information regarding Small Business Administration disaster loans available to Warren County small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes as a result of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Aug. 14 through Sept. 15, 2011. (1/19/12)

    Click here for information on Small Business Administration Disaster Loans following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration (9/29/11).

    Click here for the 9/12/11 Small Business Administration Disaster Loans press release.

    Click here for more disaster assistance information.

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  • Aquaculture Producer Assistance

    Given the disaster declaration by the President for the entire state of New Jersey, aquaculture producers are eligible for financial assistance to deal with BOTH economic injury AND physical damage, including to both product losses and property damage.

    The US Small Business Administration is assisting business who experienced economic losses.  This particularly affects New Jersey shellfish growers due to the closure of shellfish growing areas over the Labor Day holiday, but all aquaculture producers in New Jersey are eligible. 

    Click here for more information.

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  • Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantine Zone Message

    The Department of Agriculture and USDA-APHIS urge residents in the previously established Asian longhorned beetle quarantine zone to be extra-careful about disposing of any woody debris caused by Hurricane Irene or when burning any firewood they may have had ourtside when the hurricane hit. 

    We are asking residents in Carteret, Woodbridge, Rahway, Linden, Roselle, Elizabeth and Clark to "keep it in the zone," and NOT move firewood ouitside the quarantine zone, especially as camping and hunting seasons approach. Also, those with woody debris caused by the storm should set it out for local public works crews to pick up, as they are aware of the protocol for disposing of wood that may contain the beetle. 

    Tree removal companies and those utilities that may use them have been reminded by the Department to take all downed trees and other woody debris to the Linden incinerator to be burned. 

    With everything people have had to contend with during the storm, they may not be thinking about the wood or woody debris in their back yard possibly harboring the Asian longhorned beetle.  Let's not allow the cleanup from this natural disaster to enable the spread of this destructive. invasive, tree-killing pest.

    Click here for more information on Asian longhorned beetle and ways to prevent its spread.     

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  • Veterinarians Respond To Hurricane Irene

    If you or your clinic assisted animals during the disaster, you may be eligible for reimbursement through AVMF grants. There are AVMF grants for vets for housing, and also grants for damage to the clinic:

    Disaster Veterinary Animal Care Reimbursement: - for veterinary supplies used in disaster

    Disaster Veterinary Practice Relief : for reimbursement of veterinary practices damaged in disaster

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  • County Animal Response Teams

    County Offices of Emergency Management have County Animal Response Teams trained and ready to assist residents with management of their pets and livestock in times of disaster.  To contact your County OEM, visit

    Click here to learn more about County Animal Response Teams.

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  • Animal Emergency Information

    Pet friendly hotels:,,

    A helpful brochure on protecting pets in emergencies is available at:

    There also is a brochure on how to protect livestock at:

    For more links about animal emergency preparedness, visit:

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