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Family farm coping with loss to fire

PERTH -- It's another blow for a local dairy farmer and his family, this time much bigger than the hand they were dealt before.

You might recall the visit CBS 6's Dori Marlin paid last summer, to the Korona Extra Farm in Perth.

Dori got The Bottom Line for owner Jeremy Korona and helped him get his trouble tractor replaced, saving him thousands of dollars.

Now, nearly a year later, he and his family are struggling again after a devastating fire in July.

"It's something every farmer fears," Korona tells Dori. "You can deal with the weather, you can deal with other things... but something like this, it takes your livelihood and it's gone in minutes."

Since Dori visited him last year, he merged his farm with the farm he grew up on - the Korona Family Dairy Farm, built from the ground up by his grandfather.

It turns out the family would lose 40 cows and calves in last month's fire, along with the main barn, plus many of the crops they need to sustain their surviving animals.

Even the twin silos which many recognize in the Fulton County skyline, now too unsafe to keep standing, will be just a memory.

The Korona family says to rebuild the farm the way it should be will cost about $700,000.  They tell Dori they do have insurance, but estimate it will cover just a quarter of the cost.

Friends and neighbors have been stepping up to help, even starting the night of the fire when trying to save their animals.

It's that kindness of others helping Korona and his family, he says, to cope with the loss.

"You see the memories that are lost from the barn, you know; it's just devastating for the whole family."

A fundraising page has been set up online to help the Koronas - to donate, click here.  

A fundraiser benefit is also planned for Sunday, August 31st at Finnigan's Restaurant & Pub in Broadalbin.
 
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