August 1, 2023

Crop Insurance

Next Steps for Northeast Producers Affected by Flooding and Excessive Rainfall

By: Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange


The recent Northeast flood events have been devastating for agricultural producers in the affected areas, with those in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut particularly hard hit. So, what should affected farmers do now? 

Document damage 

To the best of your ability, be sure to document any damage to your farm caused by the flooding and severe storms. Documentation details may vary depending on program but should include:

  1. Date stamped photos
  2. Estimated crop loss
  3. Infrastructure damage

In some circumstances, the damage may need to be observed in person. This documentation will be essential for tax deductions of losses, applications for disaster assistance and insurance claims.

Report damage

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont are requesting that farmers report damage to assist in determining the full scope of the disaster and mobilizing resources.

Connecticut Losses can be reported at

Massachusetts – Visit the flooding guidance page at: 

Vermont – Damage can be reported at

Contact your county USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Service Center

Reporting damage and losses to FSA will help affected counties receive a USDA disaster designation and unlock federal funding for agriculture. FSA may provide compensation for losses and financial assistance for repair work.

Whether or not you have crop insurance, you may qualify for additional federal assistance. USDA also has a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, which provides information about some of the programs which may be available in the coming weeks. However, local Service Center FSA staff will be the most knowledgeable about federal programs.

Additional steps that may be helpful to your business

For more information on tax relief available for individuals, households and businesses in any FEMA-declared disaster counties, click here to read our latest Tax Talks.

Additionally, Farm Credit East recently announced it will be providing $250,000 in Flood Relief for Northeast Producers through its Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund. Impacted producers are eligible for $500 individual donations. Depending on available funding, applications will be considered on a rolling basis until September 15. Apply here. 


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