The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has been hearing reports of crop damage from a hail storm that hit Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Atlantic counties on May 22. The Department is working with USDA Farm Service Agency in helping to assess damage and determine what steps can be taken to assist farmers impacted by the storm. They are asking people who have hail damage or losses from excessive rain and wind to contact their local FSA county office to provide information relative to the extent of their losses in order to assist NJDA with seeking a disaster declaration. If they have NAP (Non-insured disaster assistance) FSA or if they have Crop insurance, remember to call the appropriate agency and request a loss adjuster look at any crop before it is destroyed in order not to jeopardize any potential program indemnity.
Please call the Department at 609-292-3976 if you have any questions.