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Farmers Watch Harsh Winter Crush Their Livelihoods

February 05, 2011

By Stephen Singer, The Associated Press

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Back-to-back snow storms in the Northeast have knocked down barns and other farm buildings, killing livestock, destroying supplies and costing farmers.

More than a dozen dairy cows, two horses and a calf were killed by building collapses in Connecticut.

John Bartok, a retired greenhouse and nursery engineering professor at the University of Connecticut, said a 1978 blizzard was worst, possibly destroying more greenhouses.

Engineers recommend that two-by-fours be placed in greenhouses for support during the winter.

In Northumberland, N.Y., 200 cows from a barn were rescued and 25 were killed after the building`s roof collapsed under the weight of snow. One side of the barn`s 400-foot long peaked roof fell around Wednesday night.

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Story Image: Joe Greenbacker, a partner at Brookfield Farm, points out damage from heavy snow to a hoop barn on his farm in Durham, Conn. Greenbacker said there were thirty calves inside when it collapsed, killing one. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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