Charleston, W.Va. – Farmers who have or need hay or other livestock feed
should directly contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. A
list of offices and details on FSA emergency programs are available online at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.
FSA emergency program
information is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/disaster-designation-information/index.
“The Farm Service Agency is
collecting farm damage data for potential emergency compensation from the
federal government, and they already publish a list of hay for sale, so it’s
only logical they coordinate immediate animal feed needs,” said West Virginia
Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick.
“We know that neighboring
farmers are helping each other with these issues already and that’s great,” he
continued. “But anyone who would like to help and doesn’t know how, or who
needs help and doesn’t have any, this is the avenue they should pursue.”
Donors only may contact
FSA county offices or email Leanne.Taylor@wv.usda.gov.
Helmick stressed that any
flood-related damage, regardless of size or value, should be reported so that
the most accurate total possible can be reported to the federal government.
West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA) staff members have been working non-stop since flooding
began last week, delivering numerous truckloads of stockpiled
meals-ready-to-eat (MREs) and cleaning supplies to affected areas, as well as
helping set up companion animal care centers.
Staff also worked with West
Virginia American Water Company to open up the company’s Princeton
treatment facility to water
haulers serving flood-affected farmers who need water for livestock.
Anyone needing that service
should call 304-425-9631.
WVDA Homeland Security
Coordinator Roy McCallister said that people wishing to donate pet supplies can
take them directly to one of three shelters:
Association, 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, 304-342-1576; Greenbrier County
Humane Association, 151 Holiday Drive, Lewisburg, 304-645-4775; Fayette County
Volunteers, 26719 Midland Trail (Midland Trail High School), Lookout,
Other animal shelters may be in
operation that the state is unaware of at this point, McCallister added.
Large donations of pet
supplies, palletized loads for example, should be delivered to the WV State
Commodities Distribution Warehouse, 2700 East DuPont Avenue in Belle, site of
the old Murphy Mart store in the Quincy Shopping Center.
The center is currently open
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. However, workers are asking for a
minimum two-hour notice of large deliveries. The phone number is 304-881-2708.
“WVDA staff has gone above and beyond the call
of duty during this emergency, as have public employees and volunteers
throughout the state,” said Commissioner Helmick. “As a lifelong West
Virginian, I am not the slightest bit surprised by this response, but I am
thankful all the same.”