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Farms damaged by Irene encouraged to apply for emergency financing help, no payments first year

first_imgIn recent weeks, many Vermont hurricane- and tropical storm-damaged businesses have sought emergency financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA).  In addition, VEDA wants to make sure Vermont farmers also take full advantage of the special financing assistance. ‘On August 28th, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the immediate availability of up to $10 million in special low-interest VEDA financing for Vermont businesses and farms who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.  ‘While we’ve been receiving numerous applications for financing assistance from flood-damaged commercial businesses, we are concerned that Vermont farms damaged by Irene may not be completely aware of resources that are available to them,’ Bradley said.  Additional financing for the emergency program, enabling the Authority to offer the lowest-possible interest rates, was approved by the State’s Emergency Board on September 13th. ‘We understand affected Vermont farms are still assessing the damages they sustained as a result of this terrible storm,’ said Bradley.  ‘We encourage farmers to contact us as soon as they are able to.’ Emergency agricultural financing for farms damaged by Irene is available through VEDA’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC).  The maximum loan size under the program is $100,000.  The interest rate on the emergency VACC financing is 1% for the first two years with no payments required during the first year. At the beginning of the third year, the rate will adjust to the VACC Prime variable index.  VACC financing is available for a variety of farm losses and damage attributable to Irene, including crop supplies, seed, livestock, fertilizer, machinery and equipment, fuel, lost inventory, and storm-related repairs to land, buildings and machinery.  Applications will be reviewed and loans approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted.  For more information, or to apply on-line, please visit www.veda.org(link is external), or email info@veda.org(link sends e-mail).last_img read more


Bulldogs Blow Away Pirates By Seven Runs

first_imgThe Bulldogs hope to continue the winning streak as they play Lawrenceburg at Lawrenceburg on Thursday night at 5:30. The Bulldogs record improves to 6-3 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer. Batesville had no trouble on offense today, winning big over Greensburg 10-3.Batesville opened up scoring in the first inning, when Quinn Werner singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.Sam Voegele earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for the Bulldogs. He went four innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one. Shane Meer and Nate Eckstein entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.Ben Duerstock took the loss for Greensburg. He surrendered nine runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out six.The Bulldogs racked up nine hits on the day. Lane Oesterling and Voegele each had multiple hits for Batesville. Voegele and Oesterling each managed two hits to lead Batesville.The Bulldogs have won three in a row and are now 9-10 and 5-4 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville Bulldogs JV baseball team came out victorious by the score of 8-3 in an EIAC conference game against Greensburg on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took the advantage right out of the gate scoring 4 runs in the first inning. The Bulldogs ran all over the Pirates collecting 12 stolen bases in all, 5 coming from Lleyton Ratcliffe alone. Travis Lecher hit a no doubt home run to lead off the second inning.On the mound for the Bulldogs was Adam Cox and he was impressive in his 4.1 innings of work. He only allowed 2 hits and struck out 9 Pirate hitters. Travis Lecher came in in relief and went 2.2 innings and didn’t allow a hit and struck out 4 batters.last_img read more