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Schumer to feds: Prepare to help NY grape growers

Created: 02/16/2014 11:03 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

With the harsh winter taking a toll on upstate New York grape vines, Sen. Charles Schumer is telling the federal government to get ready to help.

Schumer plans to be at the 21 Brix Winery in the Chautauqua County town of Portland Monday. Joined by several upstate winemakers, he will urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prepare to provide relief to vineyards should they need it.

It's too early to measure the full extent of the winter's toll on upstate's numerous vineyards, but growers say the brutal cold has killed a lot of buds on the vine and they fear extensive vine damage.

Schumer says the USDA should prepare to grant emergency help through the Tree Assistance Program that was just passed as part of the farm bill.

Senator Schumer will be in our area on Monday discussing the issue.



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