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Funds Available To Farms Damaged By Blizzard

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A fund that was set up to help western Massachusetts farms damaged by Hurricane Irene is being re-opened in response to the February blizzard.  

The emergency farm fund, operated by the non profit Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture offers zero interest loans up to $10,000.  CISA director Philip Korman says the blizzard caused a number of greenhouse collapses.

The deadline application is March 31st.  The fund paid out a total of $93,000  following Irene in in 2011. It has been replenished by donations from individuals and businesses ranging from $5 to $20,000

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.