Agriculture Secretary Says Irene's Damage To Farms Lingers

08/23/12 7:44AM By Peter Biello
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Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross
Many of Vermont's rivers surged across farmland during Tropical Storm Irene, tearing up the land itself, damaging homes and buildings, and ruining crops.

Officials say 20,000 acres of farmland was flooded. Dairy farmers who lost electricity had to dump milk. And many animals drowned.

Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross spoke to VPR's Peter Biello about the damage.

Click the "Listen" above to hear the interview.

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Silt covers a farm field in the White River Valley.

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