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Sep's Farm Gets Funding for Deer Fencing

East Marion farm is one of 69 to get grant to protect crops.

East Marion farmer Peter Sepenoski received a visit from Sen. Ken LaValle on Monday to commemorate the receipt of $14,642 from Suffolk County to help fund deer fence around his farm fields.

Sep’s Farm is one of 69 farms that received funding from a procurement that was earmarked for farmers in Suffolk County by LaValle for the installation of the deer fencing.

“The increasing deer pressure on my crops was so bad that I was ready to
give up farming,” Sepenoski said. “Now, I not only save money on seed and fuel but I also use less fertilizer and pesticides as a result.”

With the assistance of Joe Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, Sen. LaValle secured $937,681.25 for Suffolk County farmers to install a total of 178,746 of fencing to protect crops from deer — that’s slightly more than 50 miles of deer fencing.  

“By procuring these funds 69 farmers are able to continuing producing crops that would have otherwise been ravaged by the deer,” Gergela said.

ed finnegan October 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
...and the deer, deprived of Sep's delicacies will now have to munch on the gardens of East Marion! The problem is the deer not the lack of fences!
not a farmer October 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
so sep's problem becomes everyone around him's problem... but you dont get a fence. you just pay for his...CLOWNS.
Ellen Wexler October 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This is ridiculous. For $14,000 we can reduce the deer heard to the natural small number and NOT NEED FENCES.
Ellen Wexler October 23, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Oops - meant "herd" not "heard"- although it seem that the elected officials haven't Heard about the tick/deer/Lyme issue. And as for the $900,000, I am sure we can all think of many better uses for that kind of money than deer fences.
dennis haeg October 23, 2012 at 07:41 PM
more deer on the roads - Great!

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